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Monday, July 4, 2022

Parliament declares const.56 vacant

By Jariatu S. Bangura

Following the ruling made by Justice Simeon Allieu on Paramount Chieftaincy elections in Sambaia Chiefdom, Tonkolili District, in the northern province of the country, and subsequently declared Hon. Alhaji Musa Foray Jalloh winner of the said election, Speaker of Parliament yesterday ordered the Clerk of Parliament to inform the National Electoral Commission that the seat has been declared vacant.

The Member of Parliament was representing his Tonkolili District under the Sierra Leone’s People Party ticket, but later contested for the paramount chieftaincy election, which he won.

According to the Speaker, Hon. Dr. Abass Bundu, Section 76  of the 1991 Constitution  states that “No person shall be qualified for election as a Member of Parliament; if in the case of the election of such member as is referred to in paragraph (b) of subsection (1) of section 74 he is for the time being a Paramount Chief under any law.”

Also, he cited Section 17 of the Chieftaincy Act 2009 which states that “The recognition of the election of a Paramount Chief takes place after the government has, on the recommendation of the Minister, accepted the joint report of the Provincial Secretary and the Electoral Commission on the conduct of the election and such recognition shall be by (a) The presentation of the staff of Office by the President or any person deputed by him in that behalf and (b) the publication of the election in the gazette.”

Based on the aforementioned provisions, Speaker Bundua said he had received a communique from the Ministry of Local Government confirming the election of Hon. Alhaji Musa Jalloh as paramount chief and was duly recognized by  President  Julius Maada Bio by handing over his chieftaincy staff of office to the said Member of Parliament last month.

“It is now my duty to declare Constituency 056 vacant and hereby direct the Clerk of this House to communicate to the Chairperson of NEC that the seat has been made vacant,” he said.

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