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New blood injected into Constituency 49

New blood injected into Constituency 49

Residents of Constituency 49, Port Loko District, jubilated over the announcement by the National Electoral Commission (NEC) that the APC aspirant for the constituency won the elections.  (Photo: Alhaji Chernoh Serray Dumbuya)

According to the NEC Commissioner, Dr. Christiana Thorpe, “in exercise of the powers conferred on the Returning Officer by Section 52 of the Public Elections Act of 2012… I hereby declare that the candidate with 16,483 valid votes cast, Alhaji Chernoh Serray Dumbuya representing 85.64% of total valid votes cast duly elected Member of Parliament of the Republic of Sierra Leone.”

Alhaji Chernoh Serray Dumbuya defeated Osman Conteh of the SLPP who scored 1,142 valid votes.

The victory of Alhaji Chernoh Serray Dumbuya did not come as a surprise as he is popular among the people and was the most qualified aspirant.

Constituency 49 has over the years lagged behind in development due to poor representation in Parliament, a trend the new MP has vowed to change by aggressively lobbying for development projects in the constituency.

Among the challenges to be addressed by Alhaji Chernoh Serray Dumbuya are rehabilitation of the poor road network and provision of safe drinking water and electricity and from all indications, the people have expressed determination and commitment to partner with the new MP to advance the constituency and in the process actualize government’s Agenda for Prosperity.

Members of Parliament, according to the 1991 Constitution, are to among others make laws, represent their constituents and undertake oversight functions but as is the case with the rest of the country, the people are impatient for development that will impact on their lives.

Prior to his election, Mr. Dumbuya played a pivotal role in the advancement of the constituency, the reason the people reposed their confidence in him by overwhelmingly voting for him.

By A. R. Bedor Kamara

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