UN commends President Koroma


March 2, 2017 By Joseph S. Margai

United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has commended President Ernest Bai Koroma for announcing the date for the parliamentary and local council elections.

It could be recalled that after several calls from opposition political parties and civil society organisations, President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma boldly took action to announce 7th March, 2018, as the date for parliamentary and local councils elections.

Mohamed Ibn Chambas visited the country from 22nd to 26th February, 2017.

“Following on my previous visit to Sierra Leone in November last year, I am conducting a five day visit in order to continue consultations on preparations for the presidential and parliamentary elections announced to take place on 7 March 2018. I wish to commend His Excellency the President for his timely action in announcing the date for the parliamentary and local elections,” he said in a press statement dated 24th February, 2017.

He said he had a fruitful exchange of views with President Ernest Bai Koroma on the level of preparedness and the challenges to the electoral process, and how the United Nations and partners could accompany the people of Sierra Leone at this important juncture in the country’s democratic journey.

“It is significant to note that Sierra Leone’s 2018 elections will come at the end of a series of successful elections in West Africa. Most recently, the people of The Gambia freely expressed their political aspirations, and I commend ECOWAS, the AU, and the international community for supporting the country to achieve a peaceful transition,” he stated.

He said in the coming weeks, it would important that steps be taken to conclude discussions on constitutional reform, confirm a chronogram for the elections, and explore means for adequate funding in order that the process stays on track and within constitutional deadlines.