Osinbajo optimistic as pre-election briefings begin in Sierra Leone

Prof. Yemi Osinbajo SAN, Chairman of Commonwealth Observer Group (COG), anchors the internal pre-election briefing meeting with the Commonwealth team of observers with assistance from the Commonwealth Secretariat team led by the Head of Electoral Support, Mr Linford Andrews, on Sunday, June 18, 2023. Photos: Tolani Alli

On Saturday, 24th of June, 2023, Sierra Leone will head to the polls for the parliamentary and presidential elections, where the opposition All People’s Congress (APC) presidential candidate in Sierra Leone, Samura Kamara, will slug it out with President Julius Maada Bio of the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) running for a second term.

The Chairman of Commonwealth Observer Group (COG), former Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, who arrived in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Saturday, has, however, expressed optimism over the success of the coming national elections.

As the pre-election briefings began on Sunday (Day 2), Osinbajo, said he is looking forward to making a positive impact.

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According to him, “The team of 12 eminent Commonwealth Observers, diving into Day 2 with intense internal briefings along our exceptional team of observers and the @commonwealthsec Secretariat as we gear up for our mission here in Sierra Leone. Looking forward to making a positive impact together.”

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Prof Osinbajo will be leading a team of 12 distinguished election observers (including the Chairman) to observe the upcoming multi-tier elections in Sierra Leone on Saturday, June 24, 2023.

The COG is comprised of international experts from across over 10 Commonwealth countries, representing a wide scope of expertise in law, human rights, media, gender, diplomacy and election administration.

The team will be in Sierra Leone from June 17 to 30 to observe the electoral process and provide an independent assessment of whether the election has been conducted credibly.