Social Media Abusers Warned


The Chairman of the Inter-Religious Council who doubles as Chairman of the West Africa Network for Peace-building (WANEP) in Sierra Leone, Sheik Abu Bakarr Conteh has warned citizens to desist from spreading and sharing inflammatory information about the 7th March 2018 elections on social media.

The warning came during the closing of the WANEP election situation room on Friday, 9th March, 2018 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Aberdeen, west of the capital, after a peaceful and successful March 7 elections.

He gave the warning following the proliferation of unofficial results on social media, emphasizing that the announcement of the official results of the Wednesday, 7th March, 2018 polls can only come from the Chief Returning Officer of the National Elections Commission (NEC).

Thus, he admonished the public practicing citizen journalism to desist from such act as, according to him, it has the tendency to give vain hope and assurance to certain political party supporters.

“We have been bombarded with all sorts of news on social media platform some; of which have the tendency to incite violence and create unrest,” Sheik Conteh said

WANEP with support from USAID set up the election situation room to monitor, report, analyze and facilitate response to incidents that hold threat to peaceful conduct of the elections.

The center which comprised of a data gathering team, analysts, decision makers and communication team was supported by a field team of 500 accredited observers in all the 16 electoral districts in the country.