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Obasanjo Conducts WAEF Pre-Election Delegation To Sierra Leone

Ahead of the country’s general election in June, the West African Elders’ Forum fact-finding mission to Sierra Leone would be conducted by former Nigeria’s President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.

The WAEF team which has as members, former President Dr Goodluck Jonathan and former Vice President of The Gambia, Fatoumata Tambajang, would be meeting with major political leaders and other key stakeholders in the country as a way of ensuring the confidence of Sierra Leoneans in the electoral process.

On Wednesday, the two-day mission in support of inclusive and peaceful general elections started.

In order to ascertain the level of preparedness towards conducting free, fair and credible elections, members of the missions are expected to hold consultations with the country’s political actors and stakeholders, civil society groups and the diplomatic corps, the electoral management bodies and agencies.

A statement from the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation signed by its Communication Officer, West Ominabo, stated that the mission to Sierra Leone is “in line with the forum’s objective of promoting preventive diplomacy as a means of reducing electoral-related tension and violence in Africa.”

WAEF was founded in 2020 to enhance peace, democracy and good governance and has in a limited period of time carried out preventive diplomacy missions to many countries including Gambia and Nigeria. Apart from its engagements in Sierra Leone, WAEF is scheduled to carry out a similar mission to Liberia, two nations that hold general elections in 2023.

Recall that after the 2023 general election in Nigeria, WAEF deployed a team of former Presidents to hold consultations with some of the presidential candidates and other key stakeholders on the impotrtance of peace and a non-violent approach in managing the outcome of the election.

Since after the end of the civil war in 2002, Sierra Leone’s 2023 elections will be the country’s sixth democratic election and the fifth.

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