Concord Times (Freetown)

23 November 2012

Sierra Leone: UDM Leader Cautions SLPP Flag-Bearer

Chairman and leader of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) yesterday cautioned flag-bearer of the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) to stay calm and wait until the Chairperson of the National Electoral Commission (NEC), Dr. Christiana Thorpe, announces the final results of the elections before making statements.

Mohamed Bangura told newsmen that though they were impressed with the conduct of the polls by NEC and the observation of international and local observers, the statement by Julius Maada Bio on Sunday was inciting and would set the stage for elections outcome to be disputed.

"I want to caution all leaders of political parties, especially Mr. Bio of the SLPP, to stop making statements that will set the stage for disputed elections. As a party, we are whole heartedly impressed with the professionalism of NEC, the police and other actors in the conduct of the elections," he said.

According to him, it is premature at this stage for the SLPP presidential candidate to talk of ballot stuffing and vote rigging across the country when NEC has not yet released any results to the public.

He said even though what he (Bio) is saying might be true, he should put his facts together and consider legal action after the announcement of the results.

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