Over NEC Commissioner’s Approval…  APC Walks Out Of Parliament

 

The main opposition All People’s Congress (APC) Members of Parliament yesterday Tuesday 26th March, 2019 walked out of Parliament in protest of their stance that the current National Electoral Commissioner of the National Electoral Commission (NEC), Mohamed N’fa Alie Conteh should resign before they would participate in any electoral process.

The APC lawmakers walked out of Parliament following call on the august body to approve seven (7) presidential nominees that sailed through the Parliamentary Committee on Appointment and Public Service. Amongst the seven nominees was the proposed NEC Commissioner for South, Edmond Sylvester Alpha.

According to the APC MPs, their party has reached the decision not to participate in any electoral process or witness anything that has to do with NEC as long as the National Returning Officer continues to remain in his current position.

Meanwhile, Parliament went ahead to debate and approve the thirtieth report of its Committee on Appointment and Public Service chaired by the Leader of Government Business, Hon. Sidi Mohamed Tunis.

Addressing the nominees after their approval, the presiding Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Sengehpor Solomon Thomas expressed no doubt in their potential to do the country proud.  He specifically appealed to Edmond Sylvester Alpha to do the nation proud by proving his critics wrong with regards his contentious nomination.

Some of the presidential nominees that were approved by Parliament include Mr. Leonard Michael Taylor – High Court Judge, Mr. Augustine K. Musa – High Court Judge, Mr. Samuel O. Moses Taylor – High Court Judge, Mr. Aiah Simeon Allieu – High Court Judge and Mr. Albert Juma Moody – High Court Judge.

It could be recalled that the APC in a recent release stated that they would not participate in any election with Mohamed N’fa Alie Conteh as Chief Electoral Commissioner. The party has already demonstrated that when it refused to register a candidate on Saturday 23rd March, 2019 for the Local Council bye-election in Ward 257, Koya Chiefdom in the  Port Loko district.