The UK High Commissioner in Sierra Leone, Lisa Chesney has joined the Coalition for Inclusive and Peaceful Elections on Non-violence session in Port Loko district.

The engagement was based on election violence prevention which incorporated many engagement sessions and hearing views from people across the community on different related topics as the country fastly approaches general elections in June.

The UK high commissioner said that they decided to join others in Portloko to continue in their peaceful tour and to have sustainable engagements that will maintain and protect the peace of the country before, during, and after the elections.

“Today we are at Port Loko at an election violence prevention engagement and this is organized by the Coalition for Inclusive and Peaceful Elections. This is a UKaid-funded project which is all about voters’ education and peace promotion and it is focussing on three important things, first making sure that there are spaces available for cross-parties and community dialogue, keeping the temperature down, and focusing on things that will unite other than divide, second making sure that there are trusted sources of public information about the democratic rights and responsibilities and also the electoral process, third making sure that there can be meaningful participation from everybody in this election including women, youths, and people with disabilities in particular,” she said.

Chesney noted that, it is now time for the people of Sierra Leone to decide who will be their leader and that could be done through the ballot box. She added that the UK is here to support peaceful, credible multi-party and inclusive elections. She then called on all to collect their voter’s ID cards.

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