March 27, 2018 By Alusine Sesay
Presidential Spokesperson and Head of Media for the ruling All Peoples Congress campaign team, Abdulai Bayraytay, has told Concord Times that the party welcomes the outcome of a High Court matter brought against the National Electoral Commission by lawyer Ibrahim Sorie Koroma.
Koroma, a member of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC), brought an action against the National Electoral Commission’s (NEC) Returning Officer and the Attorney General and Minister of Justice with regards issues relating to the conduct of the March 7 elections.
The High Court, presided over by Judge Abdul Rahman Mansaray, last Friday, 23 March, granted an interim injunction on the presidential election run-off initially slated for Tuesday, 27 March. Judge Mansaray yesterday overturned the decision and asked NEC to go ahead with election as planned.
Responding to the court’s ruling, Bayraytay told Concord Times that “We are very pleased with the ruling because in as much as we didn’t take the matter to court, it was done by a private citizen, but the court has ordered NEC to address certain issues.”
“That is where we believe the rule of law has prevailed and our democracy is maturing. And this is where we think that anybody that is calling for chaos in the country, is doing so out of mischief,” he said.
Asked as to whether they would be ready to go into elections after the court ruling, Bayraytay stated that, “We are ready even if it is within the next two hours. The All Peoples Congress, while the court issue was going on, we were monitoring it but we never relent to ensuring that our flagbearer and his running mate have been traversing the length and breadth of this country and we have already deployed our polling agents in readiness for the election.”
Bayraytay expressed optimism that “APC is going to win the election very conveniently. We are going into this election with optimism that we are going to win it because we have a commanding lead in the Parliament.”
Meanwhile, NEC yesterday announced that the run-off will now be held on Saturday, 31 March, after their lawyers sought and got direction from the Supreme Court upon the abandonment of the interim injunction by the High Court.