Sierra Leone’s major political parties have pledged to uphold peaceful election campaign, free from hate speech.In a statement on Thursday the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) said the commitment was made on Wednesday at a forum organised to promote non-violent election, less than a year before the country goes to the polls in March next year.
“Non-violent communication and avoiding hate speech and incitement will be more and more important as we lead up to the elections in 2018,” said PPRC chairman, Patrick Hamilton, in the statement.
Mr Hamilton said indications are that the coming election will be tense, fueled by hate speech and fake news.
The forum, funded by the UNDP, was held on the theme: “Sustaining Peace in Sierra Leone: Political Parties Dialogue in Non-violent Communications”.
All of the country’s eleven registered political parties were represented.
The UN says the forum is part of the global body’s strategy to prevent conflict situations.