…John Mahama advises
March 27, 2018 By Mohamed Massaquoi
Former Ghana President John D. Mahama has told the standard bearers of both the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) and the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) that taking elections related matters to court at an initial stage would not be an answer to the maintenance of peace and democracy.
Mahama made the statement at the Bintumani Conference Hall in Freetown in a meeting with representatives of the two political parties that will be contesting the run-off and election observers following a ruling by the High Court that the election can now go ahead.
He said that in any human enterprise dialogue plays an important role, which was why they invited the two presidential aspirants – Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio and Dr. Samura Kamara – to chart the way forward.
“Everybody was worried about the court matter based on the constitutional implication it might have on the elections. From my interaction with NEC, they have always been open to discussions,” he said, adding that the engagement with President Ernest Bai Koroma on the election was positive.
Mahama is in the country as part of the Commonwealth Election Observer Mission in the presidential runoff election, which was slated for March 27 but now been deferred to March 31.
On March 24, High Court Judge Abdul Rahman Mansaray, slammed an interim injunction on the conduct of the run-off, pending the hearing of the case on Monday. The controversial decision threatened to mar a peaceful transition but for last minute behind the scene diplomatic engagement by Mr. Mahama and other heads of international observer missions.