Elections in Sierra Leone a "critical" benchmark for democracyListen /
The general elections in Sierra Leone on 17 November will be "a critical benchmark" for assessing gains in the consolidation of peace and democracy in the country.
That's what the Foreign Minister of the West African country, Joseph Dauda, told the General Assembly during the general debate on Monday.
Mr. Dauda said preparations are in full gear for the conduct of the third elections within a decade following the end of the civil war in the country.
"Government is fully aware that the conduct and outcome of these elections will be a critical benchmark for assessing the level of our gains in the area of peace consolidation and democracy. The Government, relevant stakeholders and our development partners are therefore expressly determined to exert collective effort and use every available opportunity to ensure that we put solid mechanisms in place for the peaceful conduct and achievement of transparent and credible democratic elections."
Mr. Dauda said that in May this year, all key stakeholders in Sierra Leone committed themselves to a credible and violence-free process by signing the ‘Declaration on the 2012 elections’.