Judgement Day For Kono APC MP Today

 

By Aruna Rashed Toma Bangura

The High Court of Sierra Leone Presided by Justice Edward Komba Kamanda will today, 11th July, 2019 deliver ruling in a election petition matter that was filed by the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) Parliamentary contender, Sahr Francis Gbondo against Hon. Isaac Tommy Tucker of the main opposition All People’s Congress (APC) in Constituency 022 in Kono, over alleged election violence and rigging.

On Thursday, 27th July, 2019, Justice Edward Komba Kamanda dismissed the application made by A. Showers Esq. representing the 1st Respondent Hon. Isaac Tommy Tucker, that the petition be stroke out of court and ordered that both parties serve each other with affidavit in opposition and in support respectively and reserved his judgement for today.

The learned judge stated further that although the petitioner’s affidavit was in breach of rules 12 and 13 of the High Court rules of 2007, it was however filed within the timeframe, adding that the life of a petition cannot be cut short.

He ordered that the application for the petition filed by SLPP’s Sahr Francis Gbondo against the Kono APC MP still stands in court, furthering that proceedings must be conducted by affidavit of evidence.

Justice Komba Kamanda instructed that the petitioner and the respondent should serve the affidavit within 5 days and that the APC MP should continue to represent Cons. 022 in Parliament until judgment is delivered.

It could be recalled that Hon. Isaac Tommy Tucker is the surviving contestant to emerge as winner in the 7th March, 2018 parliamentary elections in Kono Constituency 022 as the newly formed Coalition for Change (C4C) party snatched the remaining eight seats.