Behold The Upcoming Elections…

 

Sierra Leone is once more faced with yet another very crucial test as a nation which will show how tolerant the people of this country are to each other and how much they are able to coexist harmoniously. The question that comes to mind is, are capable enough to conduct peaceful, non-violent elections in 2018?

The Exclusive as a concerned and responsible citizen is therefore calling on the security apparatus to ensure that the forthcoming elections are conducted peacefully. We however feel relieved by the assurance of Inspector General of Police, Francis Allieu Munu, that the police will not only provide security but will also ensure that all political parties  have a level playing field – meaning that the police will grant constitutional freedom and security to all the political parties for their political activities.

The Exclusive is particularly concerned about the outcome of next year’s elections because of its crucial nature given the fact that the governing All People’s Congress (APC) party wants to retain power while the main opposition, Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) wants to regain it, both at all cost. The future of this nation therefore depends largely on the outcome of the 2018 elections and that also depends on how political actors conduct themselves before, during and after the upcoming elections. The security apparatus is therefore expected to extra vigilant.

It goes without saying that the people of this country are yearning for peace and progress; not violence and insecurity that will destroy all the gains made and revert the country back another thirty years when other nations are advancing rapidly. Therefore, violence should have no place to survive and thrive in our society. Those who feel that the only way they can survive is through violence should rethink if we are to rely on the assurance given by the police Chief.

It is a fact that whatever happens there are still unscrupulous elements among us who use political rallies as a façade to cause mayhem.