“SLPP Will Win Any Election” -APC Scribe Quotes SLPP Publicity Secretary

 

The National Secretary General of the main opposition All People’s Congress (APC) has affirmed the stance of the party not to take part in any future elections conducted by the National Electoral Commission (NEC) under the aegis of the Chief Electoral Commissioner and National Returning Officer, Mohamed N’fa Alie Conteh.

The APC scribe made the affirmation after the party’s recent press statement declaring that its National Advisory Committee (NAC), the second highest decision-making body, had unanimously agreed on the ultimatum.

Explaining the rationale behind the party’s decision to boycott all elections, Amb. Alhaji Dr. Osman F. Yansaneh referenced the recent Ward 196 local council bye-election in Tonko Limba Chiefdom, Kambia District which, he said, was rife with discrepancies that disadvantaged the APC. He added that N’fa Alie’s led administration and the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) willfully shrugged aside APC’s protestation and announced the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) candidate as the winner.

Sounding very much aggrieved and disappointed, Amb. Yansaneh alleged over voting and ballot stuffing in five polling stations and, according to him, if N’fa Alie had consistently applied the rule that was used in the March 2018 national elections, he should have disqualified all the stations where the over voting was recorded.

The APC scribe furthered that another reason why APC would not take part in any future elections conducted by NEC with N’fa Alie as the National Returning Officer is because he would always declare the ruling party as the winner. He quoted the SLPP National Publicity Secretary, Lawrence Lahai Leema as saying that “SLPP will win any election, even in Makeni, as long as N’fa Alie is with us.”

According to Ambassador Yansaneh, the APC has no confidence that the Judiciary would deal with any petition having to do with the party fairly and impartially, citing several instances since SLPP acceded to power in April, last year.

The APC scribe further alleged that the Judiciary had treated their appeals for fair hearing and justice with disdain, adding that it would be an exercise in futility for their party to take part in any future election. “The courts back SLPP,” the APC scribe moaned.

He maintained that they would only continue to take part in future elections when N’fa Alie resigns from NEC, adding that the party has officially written to President Julius Maada Bio requesting him to relieve N’fa Alie of his duties.

Asked if the President refused to countenance their demand, Amb. Yansaneh retorted that the President should know that his party does not have majority in Parliament and would not have an operational Parliament if the APC fails to participate in parliamentary proceedings.

He therefore called on development partners including UNDP and the Commonwealth that have poured much funds into NEC as moral guarantors of democracy in Sierra Leone to intervene and help salvage the situation.