March 31, 2017 By Regina Pratt
Head of Media Unit for the Peoples Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC), has stated that the main concern of his party was to go out and get those that would be voting for the first time to come out and register in order to exercise their right by voting massively in the March 7, 2018 multitier elections.
Bamidele Thompson told Concord Times in an exclusive interview that they have and will continue to sensitise their members and Sierra Leoneans to come out in their numbers and register.
He added that they were currently monitoring the entire voter registration process nationwide to ensure that no illegal registration takes place.
“The under-age registration is our concern. But as I am speaking to you; we have not received any report. We have twelve political parties and so there is no way we are going to allow under-age registration in those centres as we have party agents in strategic areas,” he said.
According to him, reports received recently from some of their members in a village in Kailahun indicated that the name of their village was not on the NEC system, but were later allowed to go through the process in another centre after they intervened.
Thompson disclosed plans by the PMDC to hold their lower level elections after which, a date would be set for the election of their national executive.
“We are having an increased membership as thousands of people are gravitating to our party. The APC has failed the people and the SLPP are going through internal squabble, whilst we are becoming stronger than 2007,” he said.
He commended the President of the Student wing of the party, Samuel Macarthy,for his relentless effort in getting out first time voters, especially youth to register.