Kambia Bye-Election To Be Cancelled -NEW Insists

 

By Thomas S. Kembay

The National Election Watch (NEW) has called on the National Electoral Commission (NEC) to put on hold the Re-run Bye-election in Ward 196, Constituency 58, Tonko Limba Chiefdom, Kambia District slated for the 2nd March, 2019.

The call by NEW comes following concerns raised by residents of the Chiefdom during a pre-election fact-finding mission on the perception of the people.

Spokesperson for NEW, Salieu Kamara stated that based on their findings they are recommending that NEC dialogues with all concerned parties to the election in order to build the confidence of the people especially the electorate and to ensure that their security and safety during the process is guaranteed.

The people, he said, are still living with the trauma of the September 2018 bye-election that left a 14-year old boy dead, others injured and properties destroyed. As a result, several residents of the Chiefdom expressed fear and have reportedly decided not to participate in the bye-election.

It could be recalled that the Chief Administrator of Kambia District on 11th of July 2018 wrote to NEC informing it about the death of Councilor Ibrahim Kella Conteh which left his position vacant in Ward 196, thus, NEC earlier slated for Saturday the 29th September 2018 as the date for bye-election which was cancelled due to violence.