Sierra Leone To Go Ahead With Presidential Run-Off On Tuesday
Ex-President Jonathan may not have flown to Freetown in vain after all.
A coalition of civil society organisations in Sierra Leone has resolved that it is in the best interest of the country to proceed with the planned run-off despite a court order demanding a delay.
The CSOs’ resolution was reached at an extraordinary meeting of Civil Society Leaders held on Saturday in Freetown.
The meeting’s resolutions were made available to the media on Sunday.
Prior to this meeting, a High Court of Sierra Leone on Saturday granted an interim injunction restraining the National Electoral Commission, NEC from conducting the Presidential Run-off on March 27.
The court is expected to decide on the matter on Monday.
The Civil Society Leaders described the news of the court order as "frustrating and depressing".
“CSO leaders are pleased to report that we observed elections in all polling stations across Sierra Leone and have certified the March 7 polls as largely credible and peaceful.
“Civil Societies are particularly concerned that at this time of distribution of election materials, just two days to the polls, the High Court has decided to put our electoral process on hold.”
The society leaders said that the decision would frustrate the vast majority of citizens, who have already sacrificed a lot during the process, and negatively affect the operations of NEC.
They added that it would also at the end undermine Sierra Leoneans’ hard earned democratic credentials.
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