EU’s election observation mission in Sierra Leone

LONDON, UK –– On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, the head of the European Union’s (EU) Election Observation Mission proclaimed that the citizens, political parties and the electoral commission of Sierra Leone were prepared for the upcoming presidential and general elections.

EU’s Jean Lambert told media groups that the country’s readiness is shown by the televised debate among candidates for the first time in the history of the small African nation.

Lambert said the fact that today’s Sierra Leone potential leaders are discussing politics rather than personalities signifies a milestone in the country’s political readiness and success.

Lambert said the EU mission is in Sierra Leone at the invitation of outgoing President Ernest Bai Koroma’s government and the electoral commission to help the West African country develop its electoral system and democratic process.

Neena Gill, a UK’s member of the European Parliament, said that the country’s transformation could only be realized if the people really believed that their votes count.

The upcoming presidential and general elections are evidence of the end of almost 11 years of Sierra Leone’s incumbent President Ernest Bai Koroma stay in power.