…but election of executive Officers takes place this Saturday
October 20, 2017 By Joseph S. Margai
The Citizens Democratic Party (CDP) will on Saturday 21st October, 2017, hold its convention for the election of national officers, but the party remains indecisive over the election of its standard bearer that would contest the 2018 presidential elections.
The much-awaited event, which will take place at Changes Complex in the eastern part of Freetown, has been anticipated to be conducted on a platform of free, fair and transparent manner.
The party in August and September, this year, conducted its lower level elections for district and constituency executives across the 14 political districts in the country.
National Organizing Secretary of the party, Julius Augustine Donnie, in an exclusive interview with Concord Times, said come Saturday, they would elect their national chairman and leader and his deputy, secretary-general and his deputy, organizing secretary and deputy, public relations officer, women’s leader, among other officers.
“We will also approve the district and constituency executives at the much-awaited event,” he said.
Even though he could not disclose the exact date for the conduct of the standard bearer election, Julius Augustine Donnie said they have postponed it until they hold further consultations with stakeholders of the party.
He said CDP expects the public to go and witness the uniqueness of the party, by observing the conduct of the process, as they will not be doing selection but election as per their constitution’s dictates.
“At our convention, we are not going to accuse the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) party or the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) of anything but we will follow the new ideology to change the system of business as usual,” he said.
He revealed that they have close to three hundred and fifty (350) delegates that will take part in the election of the national officers on Saturday.
Formed by late Joshua Albert Carew as a Community-Based Organization (CBO), CDP between 2011 and 2012 was transformed into a political party, after it received it certificate from the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC).
The late founder became the first chairman and leader and subsequently the presidential candidate in the 2012 election.
Donnie boasted that after receiving their certificates six months before the conduct of the 2012 general elections, they participated and came fourth with 24,658 valid votes cast totalling to one percent (1%) of the total votes cast.