ECOWAS congratulates Koroma on re-election

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo has congratulated Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma on his election to a second five-year mandate in the 17 November 2012 polls.

“This well-deserved victory bears eloquent testimony to the outstanding achievements of your administration since assuming the reins of power in 2007, especially in the areas of peace-building, infrastructural development, consolidation of democracy and good governance,” an ECOWAS Commission statement made available to PANA here Friday quoted President Ouédraogo as saying in a congratulatory message.

The ECOWAS chief noted that Sierra Leone “more than ever, requires the unity of all her sons and daughters in order to accomplish the daunting but exalted tasks ahead, adding: “That is why I trust in your leadership to continue with the efforts towards national reconciliation and inclusiveness.”

He said President Koroma’s re-election “also avails ECOWAS of your vision and leadership in our drive to strengthen peace and security, and deepen regional integration”.

ECOWAS sent a 150-member Election Observation Mission for the elections, the first to be organised solely by Sierra Leoneans themselves since the end of the country’s brutal civil war.

In its report, the regional mission said that on the whole, the voting process took place in an orderly, transparent and professional manner, with the polling adjudged free, fair, and credible.

According to the final result of the presidential poll, President Koroma got 58.7 per cent of the vote, against 37.4 per cent scored by his closest rival, Mr. Julius Maada Bio.
-0- PANA SEG 30Nov2012

30 november 2012 13:28:48

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