The United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone, David Reimer has advised the opposition All People’s Congress not to boycott the government of Sierra Leone led by the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP).

In a press statement, the APC had expressed their intention to abstain from participating in legislative and local governance unless fresh presidential elections were conducted within six months.

The statement dated 30th June 2023, came three days after President Julius Maada Bio had been announced as the winner of the June 2023 presidential elections in Sierra Leone and sworn in.

“The APC declares its non-participation in any level of governance, including the legislature and local councils, as the results have already been tampered with to give the SLPP an unjust majority at all levels,” a part of the statement reads.

The party in their release stated that they want a rerun of the election which should be done within six months and should be conducted by credible individuals and institutions, who according to the release will ensure a transparent and fair process.

It added that the party rejects the results due to the many irregularities and violations of the electoral procedures, demanding that the Chief Electoral Commissioner Mohamed Konneh and other commissioners should resign because they are described as being “biased in the execution of their duty.”

On Wednesday, July 12, 2023, elected members of Parliament (MPs) from the APC failed to show up at the opening and induction ceremony of members of the 6th parliament.

In response to this development, Ambassador Reimer urged the APC not to boycott the government, emphasizing the importance of a robust opposition in a vibrant democracy. He expressed the need for the voices of those who voted for the opposition to be heard.

“I urge the APC not to boycott government. A vibrant democracy needs a strong opposition; those who voted for the opposition need to have their voices heard.”, He wrote.