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THE SLPP CONDEMNS POLITICAL VIOLENCE IN WARD 196 KAMBIA DISTRICT AND THE ATTACK ON THE NATIONAL

SIERRA LEONE PEOPLE’S PARTY
ONE COUNTRY, ONE PEOPLE
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THE SLPP CONDEMNS POLITICAL VIOLENCE IN WARD 196 KAMBIA DISTRICT AND THE ATTACK ON THE NATIONAL

ELECTORAL COMMISSIONER. Freetown 1st October, 2018: The Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) vehemently condemns the political violence that occurred in the by-elections in Ward 196 Tonko Limba Chiefdom in Kambia District that resulted in the death of one youth, and the subsequent cancellation of the election result by the National Electoral Commission.
This event occurring in an area purported to be an APC stronghold points to the fact that the main opposition APC has still not come to terms with their election defeat of March 31, 2018, but are ready at any time to perpetuate violence and cause unrest when given the opportunity. The huge presence of APC politicians in the persons of Alimamy Petito Koroma, Lansana Fadika, Hon. Abdul Karim Kamara, Karamoh Kabba, Bai Mahmoud etc in Ward 196, was a clear pointer of their desperation to impose themselves on an unwilling people who are beginning to show appreciation of the SLPP led government under the astute presidency of His Excellency Julius Maada Bio.

On the 16th of June 2018, the National Electoral Commission conducted a multi-member ward election in Bonthe, the home district of His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio, where the APC won one of the seats. There was no report of any political violence in an area purported to be the stronghold of the SLPP. The SLPP as a peaceful and tolerant political party, peacefully participated in the said election and conceded the one ward to the APC councilor that won it.
The above situation was a far cry in Ward 196 Tonko Limba Chiefdom, Kambia district, as the APC suspecting the imminent victory of the SLPP in the ward, ignited violence claiming that members of the SLPP had no right to be present in the ward which the APC supporters described as their own “Kailahun in the North”. This situation is very unfortunate, particularly when it has led to the death of an innocent Sierra Leonean in an election that no one was supposed to be insulted. Even the Chief Electoral Commissioner Mr. Nfa Conteh was not spared of the APC thuggery as his vehicle came under attack in the same ward, forcing him to flee for his precious life. In this regard, the Sierra Leone Peoples Party calls for the following:
That a full investigation be launched to determine the perpetrators of the violence in the bye Elections in Ward 196 and bring the culprits to book;
That the events leading to the death of the youth be fully investigated and those responsible be brought before the law;
That the APC be advised by the PPRC and other stakeholders to encourage full political participation of all Sierra Leoneans in any part of the Republic of Sierra Leone;
That the Leadership of the All People’s Congress admonishes their members and supporters to desist and cease from violent attacks against SLPP and other rival party members and supporters and to stop perpetrating criminal damage on portraits/banners/posters of SLPP candidate (s) in all future elections;
That the SLPP general membership remains calm, law abiding and maintain the peace at all times while the Leadership of the Sierra Leone Police ensures speedy investigation into the political violence in Kambia.
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UMARU KOROMA Esq
National Secretary General

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APC Press Release On The Bye-Election Violence In Ward 196 Kambia District

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Saturday 30th September 2018

RE: CANCELLATION OF LOCAL COUNCIL BYE ELECTIONIN WARD 196, KAMBIA DISTRICT, HELD ON SATURDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER 2018

The All Peoples Congress is in receipt of the above referenced public notice with respect to the cancellation of the Local Council Bye Election in Ward 196, Kambia District, dated on 29th of September 2018.

The All Peoples Congress hereby categorically condemns all forms of violence, intimidation and police heavy-handedness against unarmed civilians in the election that led to the alleged shooting and killing of a 14 year old minor; the shooting and wounding of an unarmed woman and the burning and looting of at least one house, all in Masunthu town in the Thonko Limba Chiefdom.

The Party wishes to inform the general public that we are in total disagreement with the decision of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) to cancel the said election and we will challenge the Commission in the court of law for the following reason:

In the same letter signed by the Commissioner, the Commission referenced Section 39(1) of the 1991 Constitution:
“When the seat of any Member of Parliament becomes vacant, the vacancy shall be filled by election, not later than six months after the vacancy occurs, in accordance with the provisions of law relating to such election.”

The Commission also referenced Section 69(1) and Section 70(1) of the Public Elections Act 2012:
Section 69(1). “In conducting an election under this Act, the Chairman of the Electoral Commission shall be the National Returning Officer.” and
Section 70(1) “The Electoral Commission shall be responsible for the conduct of elections under this Act and shall make arrangements for the casting of ballots by voters.”

So far with respect to the above, we found no Section of the Constitution and or of the Act that vest such powers in the Commission to cancel an entire election process based on a flimsy reason or any reason, which has not been contested by any of the contestants in the said election.

The All Peoples Congress hereby also wish to draw the Commissioner’s attention to the powers vested in the Commission to cancel an election:
No. 4 The Public Elections Act 2012 147. “Where on an election petition or in a prosecution for an election offence under this Act, it is shown that the offence committed in reference to the election for the purpose of promoting or procuring the election of a person has so extensively prevailed that it may be reasonably supposed to have affected the result, his election, if he has been elected shall be declared void by the court in addition to any other penalty that may be imposed by the court.”

The Party is aware of the powers vested in the Commission to cancel specific polling station(s) which conduct(s) deemed the necessity for such action but not the entire process especially that the said cancellation as in Ward 196 Bye Election did not influence the outcome of the election.

In view of the above and for peace and national cohesion, the APC Party remains convinced that its candidate Alusine Kamara is the winner of the said Local Council Bye Election and will duly inform local stakeholders and members of the international community, as brokers of peace.

The leadership of the APC will further seek to engage H.E. President (RTD) Brigadier Julius Maada Bio and the leadership of the SLPP to discuss the blatant disregard of the 1991 Constitution and the Public Elections Act 2012 by NEC.

MAY THE SOUL OF THE YOUNG BOY REST IN PERFECT PEACE.
LONG LIVE DEMOCRCAY!
LONG LIVE SIERRA LEONE!

Signed:

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AMB DR ALHAJI OSMAN F YANSANEH
NATIONAL SECRETARY GENERAL, APC

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Ward 196 Bye-Election Results Cancelled Amidst Violence Between APC And SLPP

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NEC Is Conducting Local Council Bye-Election In Ward 196, Kambia District

Today, the National Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone is conducting local council bye-election in Ward 196, Kambia District, North-Western SierraLeone.

The vacancy occurred as a result of the death of Councillor Ibrahim Kella Conteh (RIP) of Ward 196, Tonko Limba Chiefdom, Constituency 058, Kambia District; whose death took place on Sunday 1st July 2018.

Voters will elect one councillor from three contesting political parties’ candidates of the All Peoples Congress (APC), National Grand Coalition (NGC) and the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) in the following polling centres in Ward 196, Kambia District:
K. D E. C. Primary School, Kagbonkoh St. Mary Junior Secondary, Mile 14 R. C. Primary School, Malikia K. D E. C. Primary School, Kayankaysa Wesleyan Church Of S/L Primary School, Masuntu Roman Catholic Primary School, Laya Roman Catholic Primary School, Kadalo

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APPA Adopts A New Constitution To Promote Electoral Democracy And Economic Prosperity

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APPA adopts a new constitution to guide its work to promote electoral democracy and economic prosperity in Sierra Leone.

Wednesday, 26th September, 2018: In a bid to self-regulate its activities and to provide a platform for consensus building and harmonization of common positions on key national issues, and desirous of adopting a united front in dialoguing with the Executive, Parliament, and the Judicial arms of Government, the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC), the National Electoral Commission (NEC) and other Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs), National and International Organizations (INGOs), civil society and the people of Sierra Leone, Political Parties have today, at a signing ceremony organized at the National Secretariat of the Unity Party (UP), adopted a new constitution to operate under an umbrella organization called the All Political Parties Association ( APPA).

In his statement, the Chairman of the signing ceremony, Dr. Dennis Bright, expressed that the strategic vision of a reformed APPA is for political parties to “ collectively uphold and sustain democratic norms and values as foundations for prosperity of Sierra Leone”.

The signing ceremony also recognized that APPA will “serve as a platform for dialogue, cooperation, and collaboration among the leadership of political parties for the advancement of electoral democracy and economic prosperity of Sierra Leone’, said chairperson of the ceremony.

Expressing similar sentiments, other chairpersons of other political parties expressed that a reformed APPA “is about promoting the principles of good governance, centered on national peace and security as well as demonstrating the true spirit of national unity and solidarity”.

Other senior members of political parties present at the ceremony were unanimous in asserting that the coming together of all political parties in Sierra Leone is the way forward to unify and effect meaningful change in the lives of the people of Sierra Leone at all fronts.

The signing ceremony was attended by fourteen (14) political parties, witnessed and endorsed by staff of the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC).

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Signed

  • 1. All Peoples Congress (APC) ———————————————————–
  • 2. Alliance Democratic Party (ADP)…………………………………………………………….
  • 3. Coalition For Change (C4C)……………………………………………………………………
  • 4. Citizens Democratic Party (CDP)……………………………………………………………
  • 5. National Democratic Alliance (NDA)………………………………………………………
  • 6. National Grand Coalition (NGC).……………………………………………………………..
  • 7. National Progress Democratic (NPD)………………………………………………………
  • 8. National Unity and Reconciliation Party (NURP)……………………………………..
  • 9. People’s Democratic Party (PDP)……………………………………………………………
  • 10. Peace and Liberation Party (PLP)…………………………………………………………..
  • 11. Peoples Movement For Democratic Change (PMDC)………………………………
  • 12. Republic National Independent (ReNIP)……………………………………………..
  • 13. Revolutionary United Front Party (RUFP)…………………………………………….
  • 14. Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP)……………………………………………………….
  • 15. United Democratic Movement (UDM)…………………………………………………
  • 16. Unity Party (UP) ………………………………………………………………………………
  • 17. United National People’s Party (UNPP)………………………………………………

Done: Wednesday, 26th September 2018

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