New York

15 November 2012

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Elections in Sierra Leone

On the eve of national elections, the Secretary-General strongly encourages Sierra Leoneans to ensure that the same peaceful spirit that has characterized the electoral process thus far prevails on election day as well as during the vote counting and announcement of the results.

The Secretary-General pays tribute to the registered political parties, national institutions and other national stakeholders for their cooperation following the signing of the 18 May 2012 Declaration in which they committed themselves to peaceful, free and fair elections.

Peaceful elections resulting in a credible outcome are critical for consolidating Sierra Leone’s hard-won peace and for demonstrating that the tremendous progress the country has made since the end of the hostilities one decade ago is irreversible.

The United Nations reaffirms its continued support to Sierra Leone’s efforts to build a peaceful, democratic and prosperous nation.