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THE BALLOT BOX HAS SPOKEN THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE!
By Idris Aloma Kamara
Nov 28, 2012, 17:08
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With reference to the 17th November, 2012 general elections, world history on electoral success will never be complete without mentioning Sierra Leones success story of a violent-free and credible election ever conducted in Sub-Sahara Africa. It is all over! Well done to all peace loving Sierra Leoneans for the conduct of peaceful, free, fair and credible elections!

 

The ballot box has spoken! Dr. Christiana Thorpe has interpreted the message from the ballot box as the overwhelming voice of the electorates. The electorates in the true spirit of democratic measures have endorsed President Ernest Koroma for a second term to go on with the wonderful work catalogued in the Agenda for Change to the Agenda for Prosperity.

 

 

The nation was on edge, thinking that the elections would create room for chaos, hatred and immense destruction to the development pace of our laden nation. Thank God for the awareness crusades mounted by peace builders to debunk and refute violence. Also, the determination of the international community to conduct credible elections in post war countries like Sierra Leone added credence to the outcome of the November 17 polls.  The presence of the international community helps significantly to dismiss reservations and increase assurances to our political development. The election results are litmus tests to show that Sierra Leoneans are now well establish to achieve socio-economic enrichment.

 

Maada and his cluster of SLPP hooligans cannot reverse the success story.   The SLPP operatives have failed woefully to review the candidacy of their flag-bearer. Maada Bio; only concentrated on his military background as a coup schemer, who they believe can garner support from the military and ex-combatants to cause havoc. Little did they realize that Maada has lost the support of the military.  Ernest Bai Koroma as Commander in-Chief of the Armed Forces and enjoys good working relationship with the military. The SLPP in their narrow-minded scrutiny never considered morality as an ingredient of leadership. Their accomplishment to choose an extra- judicial killer with thieving records as a flag-bearer to face up to the assiduous Ernest Bai Koroma is marred with a hidden agenda but with time will unfold. The SLPP failed to dissect the whole personality of Maada.  Their focus was mainly centered on pa-o-panism on the spectacles of the Machiavellian philosophy.

 

Gone are the days when violence took precedence of pre and post elections. The lessons learnt from the nations eleven year senseless war is still fresh in the minds of the people.  Therefore, Maadas intimidation of not accepting the outcome of the result is the barking of a toothless bulldog! The nation is fully aware of the SLPPs intension and by the Grace of the Almighty God; the SLPPs diabolic plan will fail!

 

Peace loving Sierra Leoneans will never emulate the post election violence Kenya suffered.  No breathing space for such barbaric ploy in Sierra Leone.  The SLPP should know better that the consequences of post election violence will not only affect a single region or tribe but will adversely affect all the regions of Sierra Leone.  It is only senseless people who will wish for another war to wreck this nation.   Thank God! The ICC is here, and with the assistance of the police can identify perpetrators of violence by their incitement, expressions and vicious behavior.  Kudos to all peace loving Sierra Leoneans!

 

Mr. President, the challenges are enormous but with your perseverance, you are more than a Victor. The nation looks to your new inspiration as you are now tasked with another five years to continue with the development strides. As you enter another era into your political stimulation, I join the rest of the world to wish you and your team a successful tenure of office.

 

God bless Mama Salone!


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