The political tension in Sierra Leone continues unabated.
Opposition candidate, Julius Maada Bio warns the runoff presidential election must go ahead on Tuesday – as planned. He questions the legitimacy of the presidency of Ernest Bai Koroma if elections go beyond this week. Calling it “a shame” for all Sierra Leoneans, he says the interim injunction is a “potentially dangerous development” to be resisted by all Sierra Leoneans.
Ruling party candidate, Dr Samura Kamara says Bio’s position is misleading, insisting the president’s mandate is enshrined in the constitution until elections are held and a new president declared. “Lets leave it to the court to take a final decision. If the election is postponed, it’s for a good reason – The court knows best.”
He says the decision will be “in the wisdom of the court and we have to abide by [its] judgement”. /Meanwhile dozens of civil society organisations have issued a strongly-worded statement expressing concern over the injunction. They remind the courts of the findings of the TRC relating to the role of the judiciary in causing the conflict. /Foreign observers keep streaming in, ahead of the watershed court sitting tomorrow which will determine whether or not the runoff election will happen on Tuesday.