The Independent Commission for Peace and National Cohesion (ICPNC) has issued a statement to clarify misconceptions surrounding National Unity.

The statement made it crystal clear that the Tripartite Committee lacks the authority to overturn election results.

The commission was responding to rumours and discussions about a re-run of the Saturday 24th June, 2023 national elections won by the current Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) Government led by President Brig. (Rtd) Julius Maada Bio.

According to the commission, the National Unity Agreement is a crucial element of Sierra Leone’s political landscape often misunderstood in terms of its scope and implications.

They highlighted that the agreement aligns with the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone (as amended) and aims to dispel misunderstandings by outlining the true intent and provisions of the key points from their statement include:

The Electoral Reform Committee, also known as the Tripartite Committee, was established under the National Unity Agreement as specified in Clause 3.

This committee’s primary role is to review and make recommendations on electoral systems, focusing on the 2023 national elections and previous electoral processes.

The main objective of the committee is to enhance future electoral procedures through comprehensive recommendations. Importantly, the committee does not possess the authority to overturn election results or indict individuals.

The recommendation process is inclusive, inviting input not only from political entities but also from citizens to ensure comprehensive electoral reforms.

The commission addressed several misconceptions, including the erroneous belief that the Tripartite Committee is an independent entity separate from the National Unity Agreement; the incorrect assumption that the committee was established to manipulate election outcomes; the misconception that the committee has the power to invalidate the presidential results of the last elections; the false narrative that the National Unity Agreement serves as a source of conflict, tension, and confusion; and, the unfounded belief that the international community dictates the committee’s operations.

The Independent Commission for Peace and National Cohesion reiterated the importance of the National Unity Agreement in fostering dialogue and national engagement, aiming to strengthen Sierra Leone’s democratic processes and national cohesion.