The elected Mayor of Freetown, Yvonne Aki-Sawyer, and other councilors elected under the banner of the opposition All People’s Congress (APC) boycotted the swearing-in ceremony conducted by the government of Sierra Leone for mayors, councilors, and chairmen on Thursday.
Aki-Sawyerr, who was re-elected as Mayor in June detailed her party’s position on the matter through a Facebook post on Friday morning.
She clarified that their absence at the ceremony was a continuation of the APC Party’s decision not to participate in governance activities, due to their belief that the election results announced did not tally with the votes at polling stations.
Since the 2023 election results were announced, the APC party has expressed suspicion of electoral malpractice, accusing the Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone (ECSL) of manipulating the election results in favor of the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP)t. As a result, the APC has urged the ECSL to release detailed, disaggregated data from the election within a six-month window to clear any doubts.
Aki-Sawyerr’s post also emphasized the APC’s readiness to resolve the current political deadlock. “The APC Party has agreed to engage the government in a dialogue, which will be overseen by a credible independent external mediator or institution,” she stated.