Press Release on the successful election in the Republic of Sierra Leone

    20 April 2018, Banjul, the Republic of The Gambia

    The Country Rapporteur for the Republic of Sierra Leone, Honourable Commissioner Lucy Asuagbor, of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the ACHPR), congratulates the Republic of Sierra Leone for a successful Presidential election on 31 March 2018 which portrays the country’s commitment to democratic principles.

    As we all know, free and fair elections play a critical role in political transitions, and a State cannot be truly democratic until citizens have the opportunity to choose their representatives through elections that are free and fair. Elections also provide an important opportunity to advance democratization. In the preamble of the Constitutive Act of the African Union, the promotion and protection of human and people’s rights, the consolidation of democratic institutions and culture, and ensuring good governance and the rule of law, are important principles in ensuring a truly democratic State.  This is echoed in the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance adopted on 30 January 2007, of which Article 4 (2) of the latter, recognises popular participation through universal suffrage as an inalienable right of the people. To this end, Article 17 requires State Parties to reaffirm their commitment to holding regularly, transparent, free and fair elections; to ensure fair and equitable access by contesting parties and candidates to state controlled media during elections; to establish independent and impartial national electoral bodies; to adopt a binding code of conduct governing legally recognised political stakeholders, government and other political actors prior, during and after elections.

    The Country Rapporteur therefore appreciates the Government of Sierra Leone’s commitment towards ensuring democracy in the country and also applauds the role played by the Sierra Leonean National Electoral Commission during the process.  

    Honourable Commissioner Lucy Asuagbor (Country Rapporteur for the Republic of Sierra Leone and Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa) of the ACHPR

     

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      Date: 20 April 2018

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