A Parliament Without an Opposition: The Democratic Crisis in Sierra Leone Deepens
18 July 2023
In a concerning turn of events, the major opposition party in Sierra Leone, the APC (All People’s Congress), has unanimously decided not to participate in the governance structures of the country. This decision comes as a response to alleged irregularities in the electoral process, which the party claims have undermined the democratic principles upon which Sierra Leone’s political system is built.
This decision also comes after the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to Sierra Leone and the Carter Center both called on the Electoral Commission for Sierra Leone (ECSL) to publish the results of the 24 June 2023 Presidential Election. At the time of writing, the ECSL has made no effort to respond to this demand, and the government has shown no willingness to respond to growing international and domestic concern. ….