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Political interference … Njala Students election cancelled

Political interference … Njala Students election cancelled

It is now clear that certain politicians of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC), including lecturers at Njala University College, Bo campus, attempted to undermine the recent student union election by promoting politics and cultism, sources say.

The election took place on Tuesday 14th June this year, but lasted up to night fall and while it was getting dark it became impossible to continue with the voting process.

Reports say the Vice Chancellor of the college then instructed voting to stop. It was at this point, according to our source, that the Minister of Political and Public Affairs, Alhaji Alpha Kanu allegedly ordered the police to take the ballot boxes to the Vice Chancellor for safe keeping.

The Vice Chancellor is reported to have conducted the election.

It should be recalled that voting took place amidst chaos as supporters of the two rival candidates went on the rampage, preventing any smooth voting process, hence voting was delayed.

The police fought hard to put the situation under control. They had to fire tear gas to disperse the rioters who attempted to cart the boxes away.

Meanwhile, it has been revealed that some APC politicians were at the peak of the confusion that beset the Njala election. Sources say the Resident Minister, Southern Region, Moijue Kaikai personally interfered with the process by openly canvassing for one of the candidates, Joseph Sani Sesay, the nephew of an APC big von, Sani Sesay.

Some of the students interviewed by this reporter took great exception to the cancellation of the election as, in their own words, their favoured candidate; James Sandy was poised to win the student union presidential election.

James Sandy is a student of the Paramedical School in Bo.

By Mary I. Kamara

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