-as he completes nomination process
January 22, 2018 By Ibrahim Tarawallie & Patrick Jaiah Kamara
Presidential Candidate of the National Ground Coalition (NGC) has stated that they are anticipating free, fair and credible multitier elections from the National Electoral Commission (NEC) come March 7, 2018.
On Saturday, January 20, 2018, Alhaji Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella received his provisional certificate from NEC Chairman, Mohamed Nfah Alie Conteh, after successfully going through the nomination process.
The nomination process at the NEC headquarters was delayed due to the late arrival of the NGC Presidential Candidate from Kambia, where he completed the same process to contest in Constituency 062, Samu Chiefdom, Kambia district.
He was accompanied by his running mate, Engineer Andrew Keili, together with senior party officials and hundreds of supporters.
“I am very pleased and honoured to put my name forward to contest the election with the hope of becoming president of Sierra Leone. As NEC is serving as a referee in the electioneering process, we are anticipating that the election will be free, fair and credible,” Dr. Yumkella said shortly after his nomination.
While hoping that NEC would have all the resources needed to protect and preserve the country’s democracy, Dr. Yumkella urged his supporters and well-wishers to campaign vigorously across the country.
Earlier, NEC boss, Nfah Alie Conteh, warned that the nomination process will not be extended beyond January 26, 2018.
“Let me send this message that there will be no extension of nomination period after January 26th because it would distort our electoral calendar,” he said.
Outside the NEC headquarters, supporters were dancing in a very joyous mood, whilst parliamentary candidates who have already completed nominations, formed two queues at the entrance of the building to honour their presidential candidate and running mate.
According to the Director of Media and External Relations at NEC, Albert Massaquoi, NGC is one of four political parties that succeeded in filing candidates in almost all the wards and constituencies across the country.