23 November 2012

Sierra Leone: Give NEC a Chance - APC Supporters

Some supporters of the ruling All People's Congress (APC) have called on supporters of other political parties to give the National Electoral Commission (NEC) a chance to announce the final results of the November 17 elections in accordance with laid down procedure.

One of the APC supporters, Ibrahim Kargbo, said the elections started peacefully and ought to end in peace to avoid chaos in the country. He reminded that the law stipulates a time limit for NEC to announce results of elections hence the chairperson should be allowed to do her work properly to avoid confusion for the peace of the country.

"Why impose an artificial time limit on NEC? Why is there an unexplained haste for NEC to announce results quickly?" Kargbo questioned. He maintained that NEC has successfully managed the first and second stages of the electioneering process though with some logistical problems which are to be expected of a third world country like Sierra Leone which is striving hard to conduct elections under difficult circumstances.

A student at Fourah Bay College (FBC), Patrick Turay, also told Concord Times that NEC is an independent institution backed by the supreme law of the country and the Public Elections Act of 2012 hence nobody should interfere in its functions.

He pointed out that no political party can be the referee and the player in an election process. "The parties have done their bit and the people have spoken and it is for NEC to follow the electoral process to its conclusion. Why not wait for NEC to announce the results instead of urging the chairperson to do it quickly, which could result in a disaster," he said.

He added that NEC has the right to cancel any result in the election process if it is unable to deal with reported cases of malpractice or refer the matter to the court, which has the power to deal with certain issues under the Public Elections Act.

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