Sierra Leoneans urged by UN to come out to vote peacefully on Saturday

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The people of Sierra Leone are being urged to come out to vote and refrain from violence in the general elections on Saturday.

The appeal has come from Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen, Executive Representative of the UN Secretary-General in the West African country.

He says the United Nations has provided technical and political support to Sierra Leone in preparations for the third elections since the end of the 1991 to 2002 civil war.

According to Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen the situation looks promising as political parties have rallied peacefully with very few incidences of violence.

He sends this message to the voters.

"The message is, come out and vote. Feel free to vote what you believe in. Enjoy the day and make sure that what it is that you really really believe is the right choice for you make sure that that is captured. Refrain from violence. This is supposed to be a great day and something that the country at large should benefit from." (Duration: 22")

Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen says the whole world is watching as Sierra Leoneans elect their president, members of parliament and local councils, in the first elections that they are running completely by themselves.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

Duration: 1’28″

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