By Bampia Bundu
The Sierra Leone Gullah Kinship Association on Wednesday, June 6 presented a peace communiqué to the National Electoral Commission (NEC) at the Commission’s Tower Hill headquarters in Freetown.
Addressing the gathering the Coordinator of the association, Mr. Densil Collier, commended NEC for their outstanding job for peacefully and fairly conducting the September 2007 Presidential and Parliamentary elections.
He also stated that they will support and partner with NEC in ensuring a peaceful, free and fair November 17, 2012 multi tier elections.
Presenting the peace communiqué to the Commission a pupil of the Saint Joseph’s Secondary school in Freetown, Miss Hawanatu Sheriff, noted that in order to ensure sustainable peace in the country they want to join NEC to preach peace before, during and after the November 17, 2012 general elections.
She added that they will do everything in their power as an association to prevent all forms of violence, intimidation and provocative statements amongst political parties which have the potential to lead to conflict and violence.
She disclosed that all the ten political parties in the country have signed the communiqué and that they expect them to uphold the provisions of the document.
Miss Sheriff advised political parties to preach and maintain peace as they are expected to put the country above all else and to desist from all forms of violence, intimidation, humiliating statements or provocation against their opponents.
“As children of Sierra Leone we call on the politicians to create an enabling environment for us to learn and thrive as the future leaders of this nation,” she concluded.