APC Commences 2-Track Elections Today
National Campaign Coordinator for ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) party Leonard B. Koroma has told this Press that the ruling party will today 25th September 2012 start the process for award of symbols to candidates contesting in the 17th November 2012 parliamentary elections after a tense consultation with the leader and presidential flag bearer of APC, H E Dr Ernest Bai Koroma.
In an interview with this press the APC national campaign coordinator noted that the primary election process nationwide should be completed by 27th September 2012. One day before the deadline date of National Electoral Commission (NEC) for the submission of nomination lists of all political parties.
According to Leonard B. Koroma the symbol awards committee of APC and president Koroma has unanimously agreed to come up with a two-track approach to either select or elect candidates. He went on to state that the first system is called choice by consultation between aspirants and stakeholders, leading to a single consensus candidate acceptable by all. While the second phase will be election by an Electoral College in constituencies where the first option is unachievable.
Logus Koroma added that President Koroma has also directed that all primary elections or consultations should start immediately after the closure of parliament.
One of the aspirants for MP symbol in Constituency 104, Sheriff Carew, believes that the new consultation method initiated by President Koroma will also help to relieve some of the tension which was experienced during the local council primaries. He also confirmed that some constituencies have already started consultation and are ready to push their candidate forward.
Sheriff Carew further called on the APC constituency executives who will be conducting primary elections to be transparent in their dealing and cease their support for incumbent former MPs. He described such activities as a bad thing to the APC popularity in the 17th November election.
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