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APC Catalogues Criteria for Flag bearer Contenders

APC Catalogues Criteria for Flag bearer Contenders

In the APC, the National Advisory Committee is the body charged with the responsibility to put in place the necessary mechanisms for any election and to ensure unity and cohesion in the party as prescribed in the party’s 1995 constitution.

The NAC has put in place certain criteria for those wishing to vie for the position of flag bearer of the party.

At a meeting held on Thursday, 1st June, 2017, and chaired by the party’s Chairman and Leader, President Koroma, and attended by 26 members of the Committee, decisions were made including the criteria of a would be standard bearer of the party for the 2018 Presidential Elections.

Announcing the decisions arrived at by NAC at a well-attended press conference on Friday, 2nd June, 2017, the party’s scribe, Ambassador Yansaneh, told journalists that the following criteria were made for all aspirants to the high office of standard bearer of the party:

  • Any flag bearer aspirant should be a paid up and an active member of the party for 7 years. In other words, he/she should not only be a paid up member but must have participated in other activities including financial support to the party. The aspirant should have an institutional knowledge of the party.
  • The aspirant must have complied fully with the requirements of the APC constitution, National Constitution, the Public Elections Act and other statutory instruments of state Institutions like PPRC.
  • The aspirant should be prepared to accept any choice of the NAC for the position if he/she is unsuccessful in the bid and he/she should sign an undertaking to support the choice of NAC, be it by selection or by election.

Many insinuations have been put forward over the eligibility of the candidacy of some of the aspirants that have declared their intentions to contest for flag bearer. In some circles, there have been outright condemnations of some candidates. This apparent clarification has rather made clear the eligibility of certain aspirants for the position. Taking the case of JFK, there have been a lot of insinuations over his eligibility for that position but this announcement by the APC scribe seems to suggest otherwise.

It should be known that JFK is a paid up and an active member of the party and is grounded in the institutional arrangements of the party, apart from having a clear background.

It should be noted that as Attorney General, his office prepares all bills sent to parliament for enactment; it is, therefore, preposterous to imagine that such a man of his will not comply with what his office prepares.

By Ranger

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