The United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee has admonished political parties to remain peaceful ahead of the June 2023 elections.

The Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Assistant Secretary-General visited Sierra Leone for two days where she met with key stakeholders.

Pobee admonished political tolerance and urged stakeholders to ensure that there is a level playing field for all political parties.

She urged political parties to ensure that their supporters move away from violence while exercising their franchise in a peaceful and credible manner.

The Assistant Secretary-General met with President Julius Maada Bio, Foreign Minister David Francis and Defence Minister Kellie Conteh where she promised to work with the Government and Sierra Leoneans to consolidate peace, democracy and development.

In another news, the main opposition APC party’s Secretary General, Lansana Dumbuya has criticised the voter’s ID card for missing out on key components. Dumbuya called on the country’s electoral commission to ensure they fix it up in order to avoid political violence.

While many locals have criticised the ID cards, some have said that the criticism by the main opposition is untimely as the country is closer to the polls now.