Ahead of Upcoming Bye-Elections… APC, NGC Battle Ready

By Thomas S. Kembay

The main opposition All People’s Congress (APC) party and the National Grand Coalition  (NGC) in a two separate press releases issued past Monday, 24th June, 2019 disclosed their participation in all public elections after months of non-participation. It could be recalled that the refusal of the two parties to participate in public elections saw them missing out in three Local Council Bye-elections in Port Loko, Kono and Kambia.

According to the main opposition APC, the party National Advisory Committee (NAC) which is the second highest decision-making body of the party has in a closed door negotiation with donor partners, human rights organisations, religious leaders and other stakeholders agreed to recommence it participation in all forms of public elections conducted by the National Electoral Commission (NEC).

In a similar token the NGC in their press release informed the public that the party is in consultations with their members within and without the country and that they have unanimously resolved to review their position regarding their participation in upcoming public elections conducted by the NEC.

According to the NGC, a committee has been set up to start implementation of the recommendations of the 2018 Election Observer Mission (EOM) in which a significant number of reform pertaining to electoral laws and practices were proposes.

“NGC is a member of the committee and will use that opportunity to press for those reforms to be implemented,” the press release stated adding noting that it will help prevent the recurrence of the Tonko Limba Bye-election disaster.

The party therefore informed the public that it will henceforth participate in electoral process not only for its members to exercise their franchise but to further acquaint with all the flaws in the system that must be eradicated and brought up for consideration at the EOM recommendation implementation committee.

It could be recalled that the APC and NGC suspended their participation in election conducted by the NEC under the watch of the current Chief Electoral Commissioner, Mohamed N’fa Alie Conteh following an alleged irregularities that occurred during the Tonko Limba local Council bye-election.

Both parties accused NEC to have displayed the highest level of incompetence.