Sierra Leone’s Independent Commission for Peace and National Cohesion (ICPNC) has reaffirmed its dedication to fostering a peaceful and harmonious democratic process in the country.
With the highly anticipated elections set to take place on June 24th, 2023, the ICPNC has strongly condemned any acts of violence and called on all citizens to maintain a peaceful environment throughout the electoral period.
Recent incidents of violence, including the burning of houses and party offices in different parts of Sierra Leone, have raised significant alarm within the ICPNC. These actions not only undermine the democratic process but also pose a serious threat to the stability and unity of the nation. The ICPNC unequivocally denounces these acts and urges all political parties, candidates, and citizens to reject violence and instead embrace dialogue as the means of resolving differences.
As an impartial and independent body entrusted with the responsibility of promoting national cohesion, the ICPNC recognizes the utmost importance of free and fair elections as the foundation of a thriving democracy.
It is imperative that all stakeholders, including political leaders, supporters, and the general public, adhere to the principles of peaceful coexistence, respect for the rule of law, and the democratic values upon which Sierra Leone is built.
The ICPNC earnestly calls upon political parties and their supporters to engage in constructive and inclusive dialogue, focusing on policies, ideas, and solutions that will contribute to Sierra Leone’s overall development and progress.
All political parties are urged to prioritize the welfare and interests of the citizens over partisan ambitions, fostering an environment of unity and cooperation.
Furthermore, the ICPNC appeals to the Sierra Leone Police and other relevant authorities to ensure the safety and security of all citizens during the election period.
The ICPNC encourages these bodies to carry out their duties with utmost professionalism, impartiality, and adherence to the law.
The ICPNC firmly believes that a peaceful and inclusive electoral process is paramount for Sierra Leone’s future. The commission is prepared to provide support, guidance, and mediation to facilitate peaceful dialogue and resolve any disputes that may arise during the elections.
In conclusion, the ICPNC calls upon all Sierra Leoneans to embrace the spirit of unity, tolerance, and respect for diversity. Together, it is imperative to work towards a peaceful, transparent, and credible electoral process that will strengthen the democratic foundations of the nation and contribute to the continued progress and prosperity of Sierra Leone.