PPRC urges SLPP, APC to await NEC
April 4, 2018 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
The Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) yesterday urged the leadership of the All Peoples Congress (APC) and their counterparts in the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) to refrain from declaring themselves winners of the presidential run-off election on March 31.
Barely twenty-four hours after polling closed officials from both parties took to social media platforms and the traditional media claiming that they had won the election.
Even though the National Electoral Commission (NEC) is solely mandated by the 1991 Constitution and the 2012 Public Elections Act to announce the winner of all public elections, the APC and SLPP have claimed victory, quoting figures from their respective tally centres.
Accordingly, supporters of both sides have been celebrating in their party offices.
But in a press release issued yesterday, the commission viewed the action of both parties as a recipe for chaos as it could mislead the electorates and lead to the non-acceptance of the final result announced by NEC.
They encouraged the leadership of both parties as well as their members and supporters to conduct their activities in accordance with the Constitution of Sierra Leone, Public Elections Act of 2012, Political Parties Registration Act of 2002, Public Order Act of 1965, Political Parties Code of Conduct and the Peace Pledge, also known as the “Freetown Declaration” which the two Presidential Candidates had signed.
“The Commission urges all Political Party members and supporters to exercise restraint during this period and wait for the official announcement of result by the National Electoral Commission (NEC) which is the institution mandated by Section 32 & 33 of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone,” the release stated.