- Sierra Leoneans have been urged by the outgoing President, Ahmed Tejan Kabbah, to maintain the spirit of serenity that characterised the weekend’s polls.
President Kabbah, who delivered a televised speech to the nation last night, expected Sierra Leoneans to comport themselves in law and order as they await the announcement of official results two in a couple of days’ time.
Mr Kabbah tasked security forces to be on high alert “to deal firmly” with any attempts that aimed at causing unrest or problems in the country after the polls results have been pronounced.
“It appears that some malicious people are bent on destroying our good image and precipitating the same chaos that has engulfed our country for 11 years”, President Kabbah said.
The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, also urged Sierra Leoneans “to preserve an atmosphere of calm and public order, and to resolve any potential disputes through the established legal channels.”
Seven candidates - including the Vice President Solomon Berewa who stands for the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party - have been challenging to become the first citizen of Sierra Leone.
Observers declared the credibility of the polls but pundits predict a second round of voting as none of the candidates is expected to poll 55% of the results.
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