May 25, 2018 By Elizabeth A. Kaine
The Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) has on Thursday, 24th May, called on President Julius Maada Bio to review all obsolete laws that govern the operations of their work.
Representatives from the Commission, which registers, regulates and does all such things as will contribute to the attainment of good conduct of political parties in the country, also commended the president for conducting himself and his party in a responsible and peaceful manner throughout the electoral process.
According to the Commission Registrar, Zainab Moseray, the laws guiding the commission were old and therefore posed a huge challenge to their work. She added that they had nonetheless set up codes of conduct for political parties, which in fact served as a basis for the peaceful conduct of the 2018 general elections.
“We particularly want to thank President Bio for placing priority on national inclusion in your appointments as we must state that your party and others have supported us in the conduct of a peaceful election,” she noted.
She further stated that among a range of planned activities, their key focus would be on capacity building among political parties and staff of the commission.
She expressed gratitude that the president could recognise their importance and pledge his support to the PPRC in his State Opening of Parliament address on 10th May, 2018.
On his part, President Bio thanked the leadership of the Commission for their hard work and commitment for serving the nation independently and for discharging their duties well.
“The PPRC means so much because it is a key pillar of the country’s young democracy which has played a critical role in the last elections,” he said.
However, they are particularly thankful that the Commission was able to play its mediation role among political parties and delivered on an election that was accepted both locally and internationally.
The President paid tribute to the quality leadership the institution has provided over the years and assured of his government’s willingness to provide the required support for them to live up to modern realities. He promised to factor their proposals into his plans to strengthen the institution, make itself-reliant and to allow it to execute its constitutional mandates efficiently.