Tue. Dec 5th, 2023

Election observers in Sierra Leone have voiced concern over incidents of violence and intimidation ahead of Saturday’s presidential poll.

Observers from the African Union and the West African regional bloc, Ecowas, issed a joint statement urging political parties and their supporters to abide by the rule of law.

They also called on the security forces to remain apolitical.

On Wednesday, supporters of the opposition All People’s Congress (APC) clashed with the security forces near the party’s headquarters in the capital, Freetown.

One person was killed.

The APC has called for demonstrations over what it calls discrepancies in the electoral process.

President Julius Maada Bio is seeking re-election in the vote, which will be the fifth presidential poll since the end of the civil war in 2002.

Sierra Leone has seen waves of violence in recent months. Last year there were deadly anti-government protests over rising cost of living and economic hardship.

By Joy

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