March 5, 2018 By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma
The Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) has called on the Inspector General of Police to withdraw what they described as ‘misleading’ public statement dated the 26th day of February, 2018.
According to a release from SLPP ,the Sierra Leone Police had in a public statement issued on 26th of February, 2018, claimed that they have agreed with all registered political parties to restrict movement of vehicles on the day of polling, 7th March, 2018.
“The claim is misleading, and a well calculated move to misinform the general public about the circumstances surrounding the MOU with the Sierra Leone Police (SLP),”the release states.
The release further states that as one of the registered political parties in Sierra Leone, the SLPP has not agreed with anyone to restrict the movement of Sierra Leoneans, adding that they considered any restriction of the movement of Sierra Leoneans as a fundamental breach of their right to freedom of movement.
‘’As a political party, the SLPP has informed all concerned stakeholders that it cannot sign an MOU that seeks to breach the fundamental rights of citizens; particularly when the Sierra Leone Police have no legal basis to unilaterally restrict the movement of peaceful citizens of our country,” the release notes .
The SLPP, however, informed all its members, supporters and other citizens that it was not a party to the Police MOU and therefore not bound by it.
The party called on all their members, supporters and other Sierra Leoneans to come out on elections day to vote peacefully and go about their normal business.
“SLPP members, supporters and other Sierra Leoneans are advised to keep within the line of restriction drawn in respect of the polling centres to enable the Sierra Leone Police to provide security for the centers,” the release adds.
It could be remembered that the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) in a public notice published on February 28th 2018 stated that the SLP has agreed with registered political parties and other stakeholders to restrict the movement of too many vehicles on the 7th March 2018.
Earlier last month, the SLPP party did not sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Sierra Leone police wanted to sign to agreeing on their proposed vehicular movement restriction on the grounds that their vehicular restriction movement on Election Day was unconstitutional and infringement of the fundamental human rights of citizens.