By Lawrence Audu
As polls open in Sierra Leone, voters have been asked to reflect commitment to peace and democracy.
In a statement issued on the eve of the March 7 elections, the Electoral Commission said it is ready to conduct elections in a way that is inclusive, peaceful and democratic.
Polls will open at 7am and close at 5pm. Voters are required to be in the same place they registered and must present a voter ID card to the electoral officials at polling stations. Over 3.1 million people are registered to vote, a record number in the country’s elections.
“You do not have to be the biggest, the fastest or the strongest to determine the future of your country.”
‘‘Voting is non – violent and yet it is a very powerful act. You do not have to be the biggest, the fastest or the strongest to determine the future of your country,” National Electoral Commission (NEC) chair, Mohamed Conteh said.
Pre-election messages from missions
International community calls for political leaders to reiterate commitment to non violence, for the media to be protected, and for a transparent election. #SaloneDecides2018 pic.twitter.com/3zKgrtSwZw
— UK in Sierra Leone (@UKinSierraLeone) March 6, 2018
— EU Election Observation Mission Sierra Leone 2018 (@EUEOMSLeone2018) March 7, 2018
Good morning from the capital of Sierra Leone, Freetown.
— CGTN Africa (@cgtnafrica) March 7, 2018
Police are enforcing a vehicle ban (except authorized ones) on Election Day which means some voters may need to walk kilometers to get to their polling stations #SierraLeoneDecides
— Leanne de Bassompierre (@leannedb01) March 7, 2018