Concord Times (Freetown)

23 November 2012

Sierra Leone: SLPP May Reject Final Results

Secretary General of the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) yesterday stated that his party may be constrained not to accept the final results from the National Electoral Commission (NEC) if their concerns were not addressed satisfactorily.

Speaking at a press conference held at the party's headquarters on Wallace Johnson Street in Freetown, Sulaiman Banja Tejan-Sie strongly condemned what he referred to as "election malpractices" during polling day and called on the international community to investigate their claims and to prevail on NEC to take the necessary remedial action consistent with the electoral laws.

He also highlighted, as some of their concerns, the issue of alleged missing of final voter registers in several polling stations in Bombali and Koinadugu districts, interference by certain NEC officials in voters' choice selection, ballot stuffing and intimidation of their voters, party officials and agents allegedly by NEC officials in Freetown and the provinces, evidence of unsigned and or unstamped RRFS, NEC officials caught on a mobile phone camera directing voters to vote for President Ernest Bai Koroma and refusal to give their party agents result reconciliation forms.

"We will like to make it abundantly clear that unless these concerns are addressed satisfactorily, we will be constrained not to accept the final election results. NEC officials were forced to count ballots in the dark because of what appeared to be a deliberate power outage in many parts of the Western Area as soon as vote counting began," he claimed.

According to the SLPP scribe, they are currently gathering credible evidences to substantiate instances of deliberate collusion between certain NEC officials, security personnel, the All People's Congress (APC) party operatives and government officials.

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