March 6, 2019
By Jariatu S. Bangura
Members of the Committee on Appointment and Public Service yesterday vetted Commissioner of the National Electoral (NEC), Southern region that was nominated by the President in late January.
On 9th January, 2019, President Bio nominated Edmond Sylvester Alpha as Commissioner, but the president’s decision was criticised by registered political parties on the grounds that they were not consulted.
Hon. Matthew Nyuma, acting chairman of the committee assured the public that consultations have been made with all political parties, especially those represented in Parliament, on the approval of the Commissioner and other issues surrounding his nomination.
He said lots of information has been submitted to the committee about the nominee, and that his vetting would be based on that information.
He added that the nominee could also help them with any information that was of interest to the commission and the country as a whole.
Responding to question as to why he should not be approved, Edmond Alpha said there was no reason for him not to be approved by Parliament, as he had served long enough at the Commission and has vast knowledge to working within the region.
He promised taking a wealth of his professional experience to the commission, as he has served 12 years in the field of academia, in addition to his 14 years at the Commission.
He added that he had served as District Electoral Officer in Tonkolili, Chief of Field Reporting Coordination Unit, and Director of Training, Capacity Building and Election Education, among several others.
He assured the committee that he would carry out his responsibility devoid of partisan, regional and tribal affiliations.
On his part, opposition Whip, Hon. Hassan Sesay, said the nominee should go to the region with a nationalistic point of view rather than being partisan, thus cautioning him to deliver well in his duties.