September 25, 2017 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
New United States Ambassador designate to Sierra Leone has stated that one of her major goals in the country is to ensure that the 2018 multitier elections is free, fair and transparent, with every stakeholder allowed participating fully throughout the process.
During a media roundtable forum hosted at the embassy office in Freetown, Maria Brewer said Sierra Leone has conducted free, fair and transparent elections and that the 2018 polls would be no exception.
She said the embassy would encourage issue- based political discuss wherein those vying for positions will disclose to the people what they intend to do, if voted for.
“Sierra Leone has an important presidential election in March 2018. I will engage candidates and other stakeholders to advocate for another free and fair election with a peaceful transfer of power,” she said.
Ambassador Brewer expressed optimism that the elections date would not postponed and urged the country’s National Electoral Commission (NEC) to work towards a free, fair and peaceful conduct of the polls.
She noted that Sierra Leone has shown remarkable progress in maintaining peace, strengthening democracy and working towards an environment suitable for economic growth.
“This nation has endured remarkable challenges- from the devastating decade long civil war to the Ebola epidemic and most recently the mudslide. But you face each challenge with resilience, strength and positive spirit,” she added.
The US top diplomat in Sierra Leone said her goal while in the country would be to enhance partnerships, focusing on economic development, rule of law, democracy and health because they are vital as the two countries work towards their shared goals and enrich the already string and enduring friendship.
“Together, we look forward to building and reinforcing the institutions that will help Sierra Leone reach its full potential as a vibrant, peacefully, healthy and democratic nation and strong partner of the United States,” she noted.
Ambassador designate Maria Brewer began her Foreign Service career in Lagos, Nigeria and served her second tour in Sierra Leone from 1999 through 2001.
Her career has taken her around the world from Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Washington DC.