March 23, 2018 By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma
The Sierra Leone Police (SLP) has asked the National Electoral Commission (NEC) to release Executive Secretary, William Addo Davies, for an investigation into alleged electoral offences.
The release, signed by head of Criminal Investigations Department, Superintendent M.
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B. Kamara, stated that they were currently investigating alleged electoral offences against certain NEC officials or employees during the March 7th elections.
“In that regard we are kindly requesting the release of the Executive Secretary of National Electoral Commission for statement,” the release states.
However, a press release issued on Wednesday, 21st March by NEC accused the SLP of intimidation and unwarranted entry into their premises unannounced and at random to interrogate NEC staff, thus obstructing them from performing their duties ahead of a presidential run-off slated for next Tuesday.
NEC further reminded the public in that press statement that they are the only constitutionally–mandated body charged with responsibility to conduct all public elections, and that they were currently engaged in preparatory activities to a conduct credible and efficient presidential run–off election in all district electoral offices and regional tally centers .
The commission reiterated further that their commitment to conducting electoral activities in accordance with law, and upholding the constitutional and human rights of citizens, including their own staff, while expressing their continued willingness to cooperate with the SLP.