23 November 2012

Sierra Leone: PMDC Reacts to NEC

For failing to address concerns raised by the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) and the People's Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) over allegations of ballot stuffing and electoral malpractices in the just concluded November 17 polls, the PMDC has expressed its disappointment at the statement made by the National Electoral Commission (NEC) boss, Dr. Christiana Thorpe, on Wednesday November 21st.

"In her opening remarks, the chairperson led viewers and the audience to believe that she was about to address the concern raised by the SLPP and the PMDC of rampant malpractices and irregularities in the electoral process. Rather, the press briefing was nothing but her prevarication of the issues raised by the SLPP, thus abdicating her responsibility in addressing such serious matter and asking the SLPP party to refer the matter to the police, contrary to the mandate given her as enshrined in the Public Elections Act No. 4 of 2012," a statement by the PMDC, read by its chairman, Dr. Habib Sesay, at a press briefing held yesterday at their head office on Prince Street, off Circular Road in Freetown.

Dr. Sesay, who also acts as the PMDC's National Campaign Coordinating Committee head, said the NEC boss simply ignored the concerns "or at best inadvertently did not refer to them".

The party said the malpractices and irregularities highlighted by the SLPP and PMDC are unprecedented in the history of politics and should deserve a place in the Guinness Book of Record.

Dr. Sesay stated further that his party holds Dr. Thorpe and her cohorts responsible for "consequences that might follow from their actions which is a total robbery of the franchise of the citizenry bestowed upon them by law".

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