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APC MP wants NEC boss to resign

April 6, 2017 By Jariatu S. Bangura

Hon. Alhassan Kamara: controversially calls on NEC boss to resign



NEC Boss Nfa Ali Conteh: has the peoples’ support to continue

A ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) Member of Parliament representing Constituency 96 in the Western Area Urban yesterday controversially urged the Chief Electoral Commissioner of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) to resign, in his view, because of ‘incompetency’ in handling the affairs of the commission.

But a substantial majority of Sierra Leoneans are of the view that any attempt to alter the electoral calendar, including sacking the electoral chief, would result to a more time agenda for the president and lawmakers.

Hon. Alhassan Kamara stated thus, “We have been here debating the issue of NEC violating the constitution and because of the incompetency of the commissioner there is need for him to resign immediately,” he said.

He added that the NEC boss, N’fa  Alie Conteh, resumed voter registration without parliament validating constituency and ward boundaries.

However, Deputy Minority Leader of Parliament, Hon. Ansumana Kaikai, cautioned his colleagues that having debated the matter and handled it properly, there was no need for any lawmaker to raise it up again.

“It is not a matter of asking for his [NEC boss’] resignation because the House has already resolved the issue. If the MP wants to make such statement, he should do so in the form of a motion,” Hon. Kaikai retorted.

Meanwhile, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Joseph F. Kamara, said they have already met with the NEC Commissioner and that he had agreed to  suggestions made by parliamentarians  to withdraw the ward and constituency boundary delimitation instruments in order that the process would  be validated  by parliament and to give NEC the opportunity  to continue with voter registration based on the constitutional provisions.

On his part, Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Sheku B.B. Dumbuya, said some consultations have been made with several stakeholders, hence parliamentarians have agreed to accept the withdrawal of both instruments.

 “We should know that we are dealing with the law of the state and I am really disturbed with the public insinuation about parliament and the president, who is not with us in this situation,” he said, in an apparent reference to the public backlash against the president and parliament for allegedly wanting to ‘more time’ in office.

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