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SLPP will accept ‘free, fair, democratic and transparent results – says Napoleon  

March 9, 2018

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SLPP National Secretary General Umaru Napoleon Koroma

The main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party will accept the outcome of the March 7 Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Council elections if the results are “free, fair, democratic and transparent”, according to National Secretary General Umaru Napoleon Koroma.

“We want to use this opportunity to renew our unflinching commitment to accepting the results of elections so long as they are the product of free, fair, democratic and transparent elections. In that regard, we want to call on the National Electoral Commission and the various observer groups to work assiduously to maintain and preserve the integrity of the entire electoral process,” says the release.

The main opposition party says that the All People’s Congress was planning to put undue pressure on the electoral commission with the objective of endangering public order and national security by announcing fake presidential results, although this claim was not verified as at press time.

“Credible sources have revealed that the APC Government is planning to unleash chaos through inciting their supporters to take to the streets and afterwards declare the presidential candidate of the All People’s Congress Party, Dr. Samura Kamara, the winner of the presidential polls of 7th March 2018.  They intend to use the security architecture to enforce this plan and accomplish the nefarious objective,” they allege.

“We view this intended action by the All People’s Congress Government as a desperate attempt to create public chaos, undermine the integrity of the elections and disrupt the entire electoral process. Such action constitutes a serious threat to the entire electoral process, public order and national security in the country,” the release notes.

They called on their supporters to stay calm as the National Electoral Commission has the sole mandate to announce results.

“While the Sierra Leone People’s Party is confident of an outright victory based on provisional results displayed so far, we want to call on our supporters nationwide to stay calm and not to play into the hands of the All Peoples Congress’ diabolical plan.

“Any announcement other than the official declaration made by the National Electoral Commission shall render the declarant fully responsible for the consequences that may ensue,” the release adds.

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