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Controversy over NDC venue

Controversy over NDC venue

As preparations are on top gear for the conduct of the emergency National Delegates Convention to adopt the draft 1995 constitution of the opposition All Peoples Congress (APC) party following the conclusion of delegates elections in almost all the constituencies across the country, there is controversy over the venue of the convention.

Members of the party who spoke to Sierra Express registered their disapproval of the choice of the northern regional headquarter town of Makeni top host the convention. To them, Freetown is a better location to hold the convention on the basis that there are more constituencies in Freetown than in any other part of the country.

They also cited the issue of security, saying that Freetown is more secured than Makeni.

“There have been so many threats on social media by supporters of certain intending flag bearer candidates to attack their opponents once they arrive in Makeni”, complained a member of the threatened camp.

Another school of thought maintains that the memories of what transpired in the 2016 convention in Makeni, which resulted in the defeat of the party at the 2018 polls were still fresh in the minds of the people and that taking the convention to Makeni will only bring back those bitter memories that will negatively impact the conduct of the emergency convention.

Meanwhile, the 21-man committee held their first meeting after the delegates’ elections on Friday 3rd September 2021 at the party headquarters. One of the issues that was hotly discussed was the re-run of elections in seven constituencies in Bo, Kambia and Kono, where electoral disturbances warranted the Committee to suspend voting. It was agreed that the matter be referred to the Political party Registration Commission (PPRC), to seek the Commission’s concurrence before proceeding. The Committee and PPRC will meet on the 7th of September 2021.   

By Abdul Kuyateh

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