Concord Times (Freetown)

Sierra Leone: Union of Youth Urges Political Parties to Accept Results

Chairman of the Union of Youth in Sierra Leone yesterday urged political parties to accept the final results that will be announced by the National Electoral Commission (NEC) and not incite their supporters to cause mayhem in the country.

Abdul Karim Dadoh congratulated all youths that took part in a violence free election, noting that it is important everyone sees each other as one to develop the nation because there are no losers in elections.

"I appeal to all political parties to accept the results of the elections. There are no losers in elections. We must see each other as one to develop this country. Youths must not listen to instigators of violence. Whosoever wins the election must have youth employment and development as a priority," he said.

Chairman of Cassette Sellers Association (CSA), Abu Bakarr Kamara, admonished young people to rekindle their mind on the last peace concert held at the national stadium, which contributed immensely to the peaceful conduct of the polls.

President of the National Youth Coalition, Ishmael Al-Sankoh Conteh, maintained that for the fact that young people contributed to the conduct of a peaceful election, they should not be seen disturbing the process.

He warned politicians against inciting youths of the country to perpetrate violence, adding, "The outcome of the elections must be accepted in order to promote democracy, development and human rights."

According to Conteh, members of the various political parties should be seen embracing each other after NEC would have announced the final results.

"Sierra Leone is bigger than any political party and so therefore, it must be seen as a country of progress instead of people using their political selfish interest to destroy it," he said.

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