Representatives of the Commonwealth of Nations are currently dialoguing with the main opposition All People’s Congress (APC) and the government in order to end Sierra Leone’s political impasse.
Sierra Leone’s Independent Commission for Peace and National Cohesion (ICPNC) informed the public that Commonwealth, the African Union and ECOWAS will mediate between the government and the APC to end the country’s current political crisis.
The APC is disputing the 2023 general election results which gave President Julius Maada Bio of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) a second term in office.
The main opposition said the results lack transparency and urged the Electoral Commission for Sierra Leone (ECSL) to announce results by polling stations.
The ECSL rejected the APC’s request which led to the party boycotting government and governance.
Few days ago, the ICPNC announced that President Bio has agreed to meet with leaders of the APC together with independent mediators to end the current impasse.
But some members of the APC have said that the Commonwealth representatives will be in Sierra Leone on a fact-finding mission as well.
“It’s worthy to note that the visit of the Commonwealth of Nations will not be centred around engaging the APC and SLPP in any round table dialogue, but rather embarking on fact-findings, aiming at getting a comprehensive account on the outcome of the June 24th elections,” one Pro-APC post read on social media.
Meanwhile, the APC Secretariat announced that they will be meeting with representatives of the Commonwealth and the SLPP later on Thursday, September 7.
Outcome of the meeting will dictate Sierra Leone’s political landscape likely for the next five years when the country is expected to go to the polls again.