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For alleged Lower level election irregularities 

SLPP in court January 9

 December 21, 2016 By Regina Pratt& Patrick J.Kamara

The Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) would be in court on Monday January 9, 2017 on allegations of intra- party fracas that emanated from the lower level elections conducted in November across the country.

A faction in the party had filed an application in the High Court alleging that the ‘elections were aborted with serious  irregularities that was  threatening the party’s structure, making it possible for its registration to be cancelled by the Political Parties registration Commission under section 27 (1) b of the PPRC Act No.3 of 2002.

Yesterday, lead plaintiff lawyer, Sulaiman Banja Tejan-Sie, told the High Court judge, Justice Babatunde Edwards, that he was making an application for an amendment on their case because when the matter came up last Friday, it was adjourned to Tuesday 20, December, without making progress.

He prayed the court to permit him to amend the originating summons dated December 8, 2016, pursuant to Order 23 of the High Court Rules of 2007.

He told the court that the ex-parte application before the court was supported by an affidavit sworn to by the 3rd plaintiff, Victor Sheriff, including supplemental affidavits, stating that he relied on its entirety.

Lawyer Tejan-Sie submitted that their clients have served the SLPP for a long period of time and that they should be treated with respect.

After legal arguments from both sides, Justice Edwards ruled that the plaintiff’s lawyer present its amendment to the court not later than Thursday 22, December 2016.

He submitted that such action was a complete violation of the SLPP internal democracy, adding that the first defendant, Chief Somanoh Kapen, in his capacity as Chairman and Leader, issued a press statement calling on the party executives to put on hold all the elections, in order to address the emerging issues, but they refused.

“Despite the intervention by the PPRC, the party should conform to the amendment rules and regulations for the conduct of the executive elections and to avoid the parallel voters list,” he said, adding that the voters list clearly violated the democratic principles of the party.

The Judge also ordered the plaintiffs to pay a sum of three million Leones to the defendants as cost to the litigation.

Meanwhile, the plaintiffs are Alusine Bangura, Alex Kargbo and Victor Sheriff.They filed the suit against the National Chairman and Leader, the Secretary General and four Vice Regional Chairpersons, who supervised the conduct of the December 10 elections lower level elections.

 

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