UNOWAS urges aspirants to accept election result
March 16, 2018 Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas
Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has urged the two aspirants that would be contesting in the run-off to accept the outcome of the result and use peaceful and legal means to redress any grievances and complaints they may have in accordance with the Presidential Peace Pledge signed by them on 28 February.
According to a press statement issued on March 14, UNOWAS chief congratulated the two candidates for the second round, Julius Maada Bio and Samura Kamara, and called on them to do their utmost to maintain the spirit of peace and restraint “and to continue promoting a peaceful campaign mindful of civic responsibilities and in line with the spirit demonstrated by the people of Sierra Leone”.
The UNOWAS boss hailed the timely announcement of the final results of the first round of the presidential election in Sierra Leone by the National Elections Commission (NEC) on 13 March 2018.
“Mohamed Ibn Chambas also commends the candidates of the first round on the quality of their campaign marked by dignity and mutual respect which led to a massive participation of Sierra Leonean voters in the 7 March elections,” the release noted.
Dr. Chambas also commended the people of Sierra Leone for the successful conduct of the polls and the peaceful atmosphere that prevailed on polling day and throughout the electoral process so far.
The statement also reaffirmed that UNOWAS and the United Nations system in Sierra Leone would remain ready to continue to partner with the people and the authorities of Sierra Leone in their efforts to consolidate peace, democracy and prosperity.