February 27, 2018 By Patrick Jaiah Kamara
Barely a week to the presidential and parliamentary elections in Sierra Leone, Charles Francis Margai and Associates of Banta Chambers, acting on the instructions of one Mohamed Ayoba Joaque, has filed papers in the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone seeking an enlargement of time to file a petition against the candidacy of the presidential aspirant of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) Dr. Samura Mathew Wilson Samura.
According to the electoral laws, a petition of such nature ought to be brought by a registered voter within seven days of publication of the notice of nomination. The National Electoral Commission published the provisional nomination of presidential candidates on 29th January, almost a month ago.
However, the Law Firm of C.F. Margai and Associates filed papers at the Supreme Court Registry on Monday, 26th February, praying for the relief of enlargement of time to enable their client file a petition against the candidacy of Dr. Samura Kamara, on the grounds of ineligibility.
The plaintiff also prays for an order that the period within which the court hears and determines the pending petition be abridged, bearing in mind that the presidential election is just eight days away.
It remains highly unlikely though whether the apex court can adjudicate on the matter just few days to the crucial elections bearing in mind that time to file the petition has since lapsed.
Meanwhile, efforts to get a reaction from the ruling APC was futile as at press time.