In a joint statement on the coming presidential and parliamentary elections in Sierra Leone, scheduled to be held on the 17th of November, the US and UK governments have acknowledged that under president Ernest Bai Koroma, Sierra Leone as a country has made tremendous democratic and economic gains, and urged for a free, fair and peaceful elections to consolidate the strides already made.
The two countries’ governments called upon all Sierra Leoneans to participate actively in the process, and to abide by the rule of law, respect human rights, and to respect the eventual results. They also urged the country’s presidential and parliamentary candidates to adhere to Sierra Leone’s democratic and electoral processes, and to renounce violence and incitement to violence, and also ensure that the elections are free, fair, and transparent.
According to the statement, the international community will be following the process closely. The statement also expressed the high value the two countries place on their long-standing friendship with Sierra Leone and the Sierra Leonean people and that they look forward to continuing working with them to ensure progress, sustainable economic development, and lasting peace in the region.
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