May 30, 2024

Sierra Leon’s opposition Party’s, All Peoples Congress (APC) candidate Dr Samura Mathew Wilson Kamara writes.

“My dear compatriots,

Wednesday, July 19, 2023 marked another sad day for our nation.

The presentation of a Certificate of Return by the Chief Electoral Commissioner @MKKonnehECSL further compounds the illegally stage-managed occupation of our State House, following the electoral coup – which to the best of my knowledge – is by far the most unprecedented election fraud ever.

Sierra Leone is not the same anymore ever since the coming to governance of the ‘PAOPA’ REGIME in 2018.

On 24 June 2023, Sierra Leoneans were clearly determined to rid themselves of an autocratic and ethno-centric regime, and demonstrated their WILL for change by the huge turnout at polling centers.

But the democratic backsliding since 2018 was climaxed in June 2023 by the most blatant electoral fraud ever in history.

This cannot be accepted or allowed to continue because if we do, it will kill democracy in Sierra Leone and could threaten its consolidation in a region that is already politically, socially and economically troubled.

I have exercised considerable restraint since the ROUGE announcement of results.

As an institutionalist, I believe that ECOWAS in particular, the AU and international partners have a BIG role to play to prevent the spread of such undemocratic behaviour that ignores the Voice and Will of the majority.

If this broken democracy is not fixed and this rogue regime is nurtured, no one, and I mean, no one, including the AU, ECOWAS and international partners would have the moral ground to globally advocate for democracy, freedoms, peace, Justice and human rights.

This lack of action and/or reprimand by international organisations and democratic loving individuals, can surely EMBOLDEN DICTATORS OR WOULD-BE DICTATORS.

It is not enough to support elections and stand aside when the results are being manipulated, and then only get involved when situations become untenable.”