SLPP Vs APC… Tension Mounts


By Thomas S. Kembay  & Aruna R. T Bangura

Justice Komba Kamanda of the High Court will today complete the hearing of the election petition cases involving 16 All People’s Congress (APC) Members of Parliament (MP).

The hearing which commences yesterday, Monday, 15th April, 2019 at the High Court Room No. 1 saw the completion of four of the sixteen cases by the presiding judge including, Mr. Abdul Munir Lansana who petitioned  Ahmed Mansaray 1st Respondent, NEC 2nd Respondent, NEC Western Area Chairman 3rd Respondent and Chief Electoral Commissioner of NEC 4th Respondent; Alie Ibrahim Kamara petitioned Mohamed Kassim Carew 1st Respondent, 2nd 3rd and 4th Respondents NEC; Benjamin Turay petitioned Abu Bakarr Sillah 1st Respondent, 2nd 3rd and 4th Respondents NEC and Charlie Bio petitioned Chernor Maju Bah 1st Respondent 2nd Respondent, 2nd 3rd and 4th Respondents NEC.

In the case of Constituency 121 between Abdul Munir Lansana and Ahmed Mansaray, the petitioner claimed that Hon. Ahmed Mansaray violated Section 76 (1) of the 1991 by collecting salary under 12 month prior to the 2018 elections.

Particulars of the breach of the Constitution state that Hon. Mansaray was a worker at NACSA and that he never resigned and was collecting salary till December, 2017. An exhibit of Le 2.7m was tendered as his December 2017 salary slip.

The petitioner argued that, his conduct was an infraction of the 1991 Constitution which disqualified him from contesting the parliamentary election.

In his response, the defense lawyer argued that the petitioner failed to follow the administrative procedure on how to file election petition.

The other three cases of Constituency 122, 128 and 126 according to petitioners were election irregularities and malpractices and also claimed that there were cases of intimidation and disagreement on Reconciliatory Result Form (RRF).

The Respondents argued that the petitioners’ claim is based on mere allegations as they could not produce any tangible evidence to substantiate their claims.

Having listened to both parties, Justice Kamanda ordered that any addition to their presentation be put into written nexus, adding that the date for the judgement will be communicated to them.

Petitioners were represented by Lawyers I Kanu, Musa Mewa, J Kallon, J.J Campbell, while the respondents were represented by Lawyers A.F. Sesay, B. Koroma, R. Nylander, S. Bah and A. Macauley.

The matter involving the 12 respondents comes up today, 16th April, 2019.