Posted by: APO | 16 June 2008



Public Information Office (PIO) of UNIOSIL – 16 June 2008


[Disclaimer: Excerpts below are from print media and news agency dispatches. UNIOSIL cannot vouch for the accuracy of the media reports].


UNDP, UNIOSIL, strengthen the capacity of the judiciary

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with the United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL) and the Government of Sierra Leone are conducting nation wide training programmes for over 300 Local Court personnel to strengthen their capacity for better service delivery. The training which is being organized through funding from the Peacebuilding Fund is geared towards enhancing the knowledge of the trainees on administration of justice, principles of fair trail human rights standards and gender issues. According to Premier News, the training programme is an attempt by the UNDP and UNIOSIL to strengthen the capacity of the justice sector for quality justice delivery and increase access to justice in the country.


Inspector General of Police on provincial peace tour ahead of the local council election

The Inspector General of Police, Brima Acha Kamara, will be embarking on a week-long provincial peace tour by hold consultations with political parties and their supporters on the need for violent-free local council election. Mr. Acha Kamara told the New Vision that his message to the people in the provinces is that Sierra Leone needs a peaceful local council elections. “I am going to appeal to all to work within the ambit of the law to ensure violent-free elections,” he was quoted as saying. The police will frown at anyone who threatens peace and stability before and after the elections, he warned.


APC, SLPP, PMDC, sign affirmation of commitment with PPRC for the local council elections

The ruling All Peoples Congress (APC), the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) and the Peoples Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) past Friday 13 June, have reportedly signed an affirmation of commitment with the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) for equal participation and representation in the coming local council elections, Awoko reports. During the stakeholder forum which was organized by Campaign for Good Governance at Santanno House in Freetown, the three political parties commited themselves to peaceful elections devoid of intimidation and harassment. All Peoples Congress (APC) Organising Secretary, Mohamed Bangura, denied allegations of his party involvement in intimidation and harassment of opposition supporters, particularly female candidates, assuring of his party’s full commitment in the holding of a free, fair and transparent election.


APC condemns harassment and intimidation of candidates aspiring for the local council elections,

The Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo, has condemned the harassment and intimidation of candidates that are contesting the local council elections, stating that the All Peoples Congress (APC) will not tolerate any political party that goes about stopping potential candidates from contesting elections Life
Herald writes. Addressing journalists at the weekly government press briefing, the Minister said the government will not allow any form of lawlessness in the country warning of dire consequences should anyone caught.


APC, SLPP supporters clash in Kono

Awareness Times in its today edition reports of violent clash between supporters of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) and the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) in the diamondiferous district of Kono over the weekend. The report alleged that supporters of the APC violated the NEC/PPRC time table by organizing political rally on a date which was not scheduled to them. The APC supporters who were allegedly armed with stone and other offensive weapons rudely interrupted the rally of the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) that led to the clash. Some SLPP supporters were said to have sought refuge in police stations for their safety as the APC supporters ran riot. The intervention of the police quelled the fracas.



(Compiled by UNIOSIL, Public Information Office)


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