European Union External Action

Statement by the Spokesperson on the elections in Sierra Leone

Bruxelles, 09/03/2018 - 14:40, UNIQUE ID: 180309_11
Statements by the Spokesperson

Statement by the Spokesperson on the elections in Sierra Leone

The presidential, parliamentary and local elections held in Sierra Leone on 7 March further strengthen democracy in the country. 

The elections were well organised by the national electoral authorities. This created conditions for an inclusive, credible and transparent process which allowed Sierra Leoneans to freely cast their vote and demonstrate their commitment to peace, democracy and the rule of law.

While the tallying is still ongoing and should be finalised in full transparency, the EU expects all parties to respect credible electoral results and to use existing mechanisms to address grievances. The EU commends all those who have acted to prevent violence and intimidation and calls upon the security forces to uphold their impartiality in the next stages of the process.

The EU is a long-standing partner of Sierra Leone and is determined to continue supporting the consolidation of its democracy and inclusive development. An EU Election Observation Mission, headed by Chief Observer Jean Lambert, a Member of the European Parliament, has been deployed to Sierra Leone and will remain in the country until the end of the electoral process.