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APC wants run-off postponed

March 21, 2018 By Patrick Jaiah Kamara

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Mohamed N’fa Alie Conteh…buffeted by a campaign of calumny

A lawyer and member of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC), Ibrahim Sorie Koroma, has filed an action in the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone against the National Electoral Commission (NEC), Chief Returning Officer of the commission and the Attorney General and Minister of Justice.

Koroma, suing through his solicitor, Lansana Dumbuya, wants the apex court to grant him an interim injunction to restrain the electoral body from conducting the run-off election slated for March 27, pending the hearing and determination of his suit.

The plaintiff also wants the court to order the Auditor-General and/or any other competent/qualified persons/firm appointed by the court to conduct a forensic audit on the internal systems of NEC and prepare a report and make recommendations within a fortnight.

Koroma, who aspired to contest as a parliamentary candidate for the ruling APC in Port Loko district without success, also wants the court to direct NEC and Chief Electoral Officer, Mohamed N’fah Alie Conteh, to produce evidence of all registrants in each polling station, constituencies, districts and the list of actual voters at the Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Council elections conducted on March 7.

A legal commentator says the application is the latest bottleneck placed in the way of NEC and the Chief Electoral Commissioner to conduct free, fair and credible election.

It is not clear whether the court will hear the matter today, but with barely six days to a crucial run-off between the presidential candidate of the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) and the ruling APC, the case has a potential to plunge the country into a constitutional dilemma.

The ruling APC, at a presser last Saturday, made similar demands to NEC pending the crucial run-off. Secretary-General, Osman Yansanah had also written to the NEC boss reiterating those demands.

Meanwhile, the NEC boss has reiterated in a meeting held at State House on Monday that the commission would not allow any individual to interfere with their IT system, although he conceded that he would allow political parties to be represented by their IT professionals to monitor the system.

  • Tom Asher Gbandawa

    EBK is looking for trouble, if he interferes with the run- off election come March 27, 2018. As I have always said, and most of Sierra Leoneans of the 1970’s of the student uprising knows, APC is a communist organisation. They will receive the mandate to rule by democratic means, but WILL NOT RELINQUISH POWER DEMOCRATICALLY. APC is not a democratic institution. The ONLY LANGUAGE APC UNDERSTANDS is the BARREL OF A GUN (May be an American AR15 should be given to all citizens to defend themselves). I am not agitating or insinuating a war, GOD forbid. History should hold APC responsible for the atrocities of the rebel movement on our beloved people and Country. They want to do the same thing again. Removing General Milton, the Army Chief of Staff and Mr. Munu, the Chief of Police was a precurser to EBK’s evil plans to change the dynamics of the election in favor of the APC. It will backfire on him and I see him and the APC cohorts in the Pademba Road Prison, in Jesus Mighty Name.

    Mr. Alie N’fa Conteh, please stay your course to stay neutral, fair, non- partisan, and do not beckon and allow to be intimidated by any political pressure from the APC tyrants, or other political parties. What ever happens good or bad during and after the run off, tomorrow posterity will hold you responsible and accountable. The Soul of our beloved Nation has been mortgaged to the Chinese imperialist. Our NATION will be Free and become great again.