14 November 2012

Sierra Leone: More Police for Potential Hot-Spots

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Riot police in Freetown (file photo).

Inspector General of the Sierra Leone police yesterday disclosed that more personnel would be deployed in potential hot-spots to ensure no violence during the elections on Saturday November 17.

Speaking at an emergency press briefing held at the police headquarters on George Street in Freetown, Francis Allieu Munu, stated that they have already started the deployment of officers across the country to man the polls.

"We have already started to deploy our personnel across the country for the elections. We will deploy more officers in potential hot-spots. We will also ensure robust presence in all polling stations across the country," he said, and added that two unarmed officers will be stationed in each polling centres.

He disclosed that they have been able to draw support from other security forces that will assist them on the elections day.

According to the police boss, the Military Aid to Civil Power (MAC-P) has already started with check-points mounted at strategic locations across the country.

"I am appealing to all to cast their votes on Saturday peacefully and return back to their places of residence. At present, we have no significant threat across the country even though there are few isolated cases of stone throwing," he stated.

IG Munu opined that the rate of crime has been very low during the electioneering period and assured the populace and observers of peaceful elections.

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