March 20, 2018 By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma
A coalition of three political parties – Citizens Democratic Party (CDP), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peoples Liberation Party (PLP), has in a press statement yesterday stated that they have collectively declared their unequivocal support for the presidential candidate of the All People’s Congress (APC) for the March 27 run-off election.
Reading the press release on behalf of the coalition, National Chairman of CDP, Gibril Thullah, said that even though they were not able to reach the political threshold that would have given them victory, they still believed that they have a big stake in the electioneering process for the sustainability of the country’s nascent democracy, peace and respect for the mandate of people.
“In this regard, the CDP, PDP and the PLP have over the past weeks been holding consultations with the two main political parties – the APC and the Sierra Leones People’s Party (SLPP), that after consultations with the leadership of our parties, the rank and file of our valuable members across the country, we hereby come to the conclusion that the only party that can continue the national development agenda is the APC party,” the release states.
The release further said that the leadership and entire membership of the three political parties call upon their supporters to go out and robustly campaign for the APC, to ensure that Dr. Samura Kamara is duly elected as the next President of the Republic of Sierra Leone.
They urged the National Electoral Commission “To respect the many calls made by the people of Sierra Leone, especially civil society and political parties including the APC and SLPP to hold fair and transparent elections that would further promote the peace and democracy the country has been enjoying over the years.”
The coalition also calls on all Sierra Leoneans to abhor and condemn in no uncertain terms tribalism, violence and regionalism in the politics of the country, adding that they have the tendency to promote chaos, thereby undermining the democratic process.
The coalition further called on NEC, as a matter of urgency, to address calls made by civil society and political parties to manually conduct the counting of votes at constituency, district and regional levels instead of via electronic transmission.
“We call on NEC to remove any of their personnel from the electoral process that are under investigations for electoral malpractices,” they added.
However, on Saturday, 17th March, CDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Musa Tarawally, endorsed the presidential candidate of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party ahead of the crucial run-off slated for March 27.