Sierra Leoneans strongly encouraged by UN chief to hold peaceful elections

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Ban Ki-moon

On the eve of general elections in Sierra Leone, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging Sierra Leoneans to ensure that the electoral process is peaceful.

On 17 November, the West African country will hold its third general elections since the 11-year civil war ended in 2002.

Charles Appel reports.

On Saturday Sierra Leoneans will go to the polls to elect a new president, members of parliament and local councils.

In a statement issued on Thursday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is strongly encouraging them to ensure that the process from election day, to the vote counting and announcement of results is peaceful.

Mr. Ban says peaceful elections resulting in a credible outcome are critical for consolidating what he calls the "hard-won peace" in Sierra Leone.

The Secretary-General says the elections would also demonstrate that the tremendous progress made since the end of the conflict a decade ago is irreversible.

He pays tribute to the registered political parties, national institutions and other stakeholders for their cooperation since they signed a declaration in May, committing themselves to peaceful, free and fair elections.

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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