On December 1, 2023, the United Kingdom’s representatives in Sierra Leone engaged in a crucial meeting with key members of the All People’s Congress (APC) at the Electoral Reform Committee. The focus of the meeting centered on the paramount importance of sustaining momentum in the electoral reform process.

One of the key topics discussed was the recent Security Breach and heavy gunfire events that transpired on November 26 in Freetown. Both parties concurred that despite the unsettling incidents, it is imperative not to let these events derail the critical electoral reform process. The meeting saw a collaborative effort to address the challenges posed by the security breach and gunfire, with a shared commitment to ensuring the integrity of the democratic procedures.

The representatives from the United Kingdom in Sierra Leone stressed the necessity of maintaining a forward-looking approach and expressed optimism about upcoming engagements. Their emphasis on continuity and perseverance in the face of challenges underscores the shared commitment to fostering a robust and secure electoral environment.

As the discussions unfolded, a spirit of cooperation and determination permeated the meeting room, reinforcing the belief that overcoming obstacles is pivotal to ensuring a fair and transparent electoral system in Sierra Leone.

The engagement concluded with a shared sentiment of readiness for further discussions in the coming week, signaling a commitment to ongoing collaboration between the United Kingdom and APC representatives in advancing electoral reforms in Sierra Leone.