Sierra Leone’s main opposition party, the All People’s Congress (APC), has announced that they will be boycotting the peace march organized by the Electoral Commission for Sierra Leone (ECSL) on Monday, 22 May,  2023.

This revelation came to light during the ECSL’s engagement with the PPLC and Election Stakeholders gathering on Sunday morning.

Speaking on behalf of the party, Dr. Richard Konteh conveyed to the ECSL’s Commissioner, Mohamed Kenewui Konneh, that their party is dissatisfied with several unresolved issues and attacks on their members.

“We have raised concerns at the PPLC regarding the need for an audit of the voter’s register, particularly in relation to the anomalies that you (ECSL) have admitted to,” he said.

Konteh mentioned that the APC’s National Advisory Council (NAC) is concerned about the methodology that the ECSL will use to announce the results of the June elections.

“We are concerned because in 2018, they used a format to announce results in percentages, and we all know how that ended,” Konteh said.

“So, we want clarification on how the results will be announced,” Konteh added.

He also stated that the best method of certifying the results should be done at the district level instead of the regional level.

Konteh also highlighted attacks on APC supporters in Kenema and Pujehun.

“We want to state, Mr. Chairman, that the APC has been subjected to serious attacks from the SLPP,” he affirmed.

He mentioned that the party had raised similar concerns and received promises from the police to investigate the matter. Konteh stated that many of their supporters, including a candidate for Member of Parliament in Kenema, were beaten and had to flee for their lives.

Konteh claimed that supporters of the SLPP also used acid on some of their supporters in Pujehun.

In response to Konteh’s assertions, the SLPP Elections Management Committee Chair, Ambassador Dr. Kapuwa, asked the APC to direct their complaints to the police with evidence.

“The SLPP is the most peaceful party in Sierra Leone,” he said.

He further added that their party does not resort to violence.