23 November 2012

Sierra Leone: Youths Promise to Keep Peace Till Final Results

Some youths in Sierra Leone have promised to stay out of violence and keep the peace till the National Electoral Commission (NEC) Commissioner, Dr. Christiana Thorpe, announces the final outcome of the elections in the country.

It could be recalled that some supporters of the two main political parties - the ruling All People's Congress (APC) and the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party SLPP - in the country engaged themselves in some political violence which had threatened to degenerate into violence during the electioneering process.

Mohamed Koroma, a youth selling along Lightfoot Boston Street, told Concord Times that they will keep the peace and stay off violence and wait for the final results of the elections. He said it is true that they have been fighting over some political issues but since they realized that they are brothers and sisters they have decided to put all those differences aside and act like one people in one country for the betterment of Sierra Leone.

Koroma maintained that they will continue to do their best as youths in the country to maintain the peace.

"Violence will not do us good. I believe if we are united, we can make a better Sierra Leone for ourselves and our present children and those yet unborn," Koroma said.

Mariama Bangura, a trader hawking along Sani Abacha Street, said they will not fight because they have nothing to fight over as they have cast their votes and will only listen to their radios as they have been advised.

She said they had done the fighting through the ballot box last Saturday and that they have nothing to do with violence or fight over the election process.

"We are going on with our businesses normally like before because we believe what we have done through the ballot box on Saturday," she said.

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