Concord Times (Freetown)

23 November 2012

Sierra Leone: SLPP Supporters Complain of APC Provocation

Some supporters of the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) have complained over the provocation reportedly triggered by supporters of the ruling All People's Congress (APC) against their presidential candidate and their party as a whole.

Most of these SLPP supporters who spoke to Concord Times said they have been faced with much provocation from APC supporters but chose not to retaliate for the sake of maintaining peace in the country.

Speaking to Concord Times, Foday Fathia Kamara, an SLPP supporter, alleged that APC supporters have been using all sorts of sarcastic words against their party and its various candidates even when the final results have not been announced by the appropriate body.

Kamara said APC supporters are in the habit of attacking people they know are SLPP supporters who summon the courage to keep the peace by keeping mute despite the provocation. He urged authorities concerned to look into the matter carefully and put a stop to it before it results into a serious confrontation.

"We are not mad people. We know what we are doing. Let these people stop provoking us and keep the peace till the final results are announced," he said adding that they believe they will win the presidential election.

Another SLPP supporter, Yeama Kadie Mansaray, also told Concord Times that APC supporters are giving them sleepless nights by making noise and beating metals in jubilation over their alleged victory when the final results have not yet been announced.

She said they are not satisfied with the results that have been announced so far by the Independent Radio Network (IRN) because they have suspected foul play in the process.

"We will accept the final results if they are genuine and fair and work with the winner to develop our country as said by our presidential candidate Julius Maada Bio and his running-mate Dr. Kadi Sesay," she said adding that they are not satisfied with the results coming from Makeni and the issue of missing ballot boxes in some parts of the country during the electioneering process.

Mansaray called on the National Electoral Commission (NEC) to properly investigate the allegations of malpractices before announcing the final results to the public.

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