Sierra Leone President, Koroma, Wants ‘Acceptable’ Elections in Guinea
H.E. President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma during a recent one-day visit to neighboring Guinea held discussions with Guinean journalists on electoral process in Guinea during which he called for election run-off results that should be acceptable to all sides. President Koroma said he was impressed with the Guinean electoral process so far but urged the Transitional Military regime to ensure that the hiccups which plagued the first round of voting are addressed to lay the foundation upon which transparent, free, fair, credible, and acceptable final results would be built.
He told Guinean newsmen that ahead of the forthcoming run-off elections slated for 19th September 2010, he thought it wise to pay a visit to the people of Guinea in order to congratulate and urge a fair and peaceful conduct of the forthcoming run-off elections.
“We know it has not been easy, but we are pleased with the positive steps. So we are here to support and solidarize with you” President Koroma said following which he commended the acting President of Guinea who is Military Leader Konate.
The Sierra Leonean Leader further said the electioneering process “also manifests the determination of the Guinean people to exercise their civil and political rights in determining their political leaders.”
President Koroma also emphasized that the democratization of Guinea is of particular importance to peace, stability, security, good governance & the development of ECOWAS region generally, & Mano River Union (MRU) sub-region in particular.
The Sierra Leone President visited alongside Presidents of Liberia and Ivory Coast. The visit was an initiative of Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf who currently chairs MRU.