Heads Of International Observation Groups, Development Partners Renew Support For Success Election In Sierra Leone

Heads of International Observation Missions meeting wth Development partners Freetown 27 March

Heads of International Election Observation Missions met with representatives of Development partners in Freetown on Tuesday to synergise support for successful presidential run-off vote in Sierra Leone on Saturday 31st March.

Heads of International Observation Missions meeting wth Development partners Freetown 27 March

The meeting stressed the need for all stakeholders to play by the rule and for observers to exercise vigilance on all stages of the electoral process including during the declaration of the poll results.

In attendance at the meeting were ECOWAS, AU, Commonwealth, EU, the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA), UN and Mano River Union.

There were also representatives of diplomatic missions (UK, USA, Ghana, Germany and Ireland), among others.

This followed a crucial meeting facilitated by the Heads of Missions on Monday where the two political parties, APC and SLPP and their presidential flag bearers agreed with the National Electoral Commission (NEC) on the new date for the election.

This was after a Freetown High Court had vacated its interim injunction suspending the vote, which was earlier scheduled for March 27.

Meanwhile, NEC has approached the Supreme Court to validate the March 31st date for the run-off vote. This is to forestall any possible legal action over the legitimacy of the poll in view of the constitutional provision which stipulates that a run-off must take place within two weeks after declaration of the results of the first round of voting.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.