Prior to bye-elections in Constituency 073 and 005 PPRC Engages Party Stakeholders
Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC), an institution established by an act of parliament to regulate all political Parties in the country, has on Tuesday 22 March 2022 engaged key stakeholders at the Office of National Security (ONS) conference hall, at Tower Hill, in Freetown.
The meeting hosted Mr. David Panda Noah – Minister of Internal Affairs, Mr. Abdulai Caulker – National Security Coordinator, ONS , Mr. Abdulai Masiyambay Bangura (Esq.) – Chairman, PPRC , Mr. Mohamed Konneh – Chairman, Elections Commission, Sierra Leone, Dr. Ambrose M. Sovula – Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr. Osman Foday Yansaneh – Sec. Gen. APC, Mr. Prince Coker – Chairman, APA, SLPP Young Generation Leader, the Media and other concern stakeholders.
In an interview with this medium, PPRC Chairman, Abdul Masiyambay Bangura (Esq) disclosed that, the meeting was purposely called for in line with the upcoming Bye Elections in the provincial districts of Port Loko, constituency 075 and Kailahun constituency 005 respectively. And the feedback coming from these places, as a regulatory body, proactively they must take an urgent action which is to engage key stakeholders.
Mr Bangura furthered that, two weeks ago he deployed personnel in these respective constituencies to receive updates on the ground. He thanked the political parties for maintaining a peaceful atmosphere in both constituencies, where he mentioned the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) for putting out a release that condemns a statement made by one of their members at Loko Masama in Port Loko district. Mr Bangura also commended the other parties for comporting themselves peacefully, because there has not been any physical confrontation amongst them, although there are some amounts of threats between political parties’ operatives, the atmosphere is calm now.
“All political parties invited have given their commitments and also signed an (MOU) in observing their conducts, for a peaceful bye election in these two regions, and if any of these political parties flout the rules of engagement, then the Law would have to take it Cause” he said.
He continued that, aside from signing an (MOU) with all political parties involved in the bye elections, there is also a statutory instrument that regulates every citizen constitutionally around Election. The Law Enforcement Agencies are there to enforce the law, should in case political parties do something that contravene the Law. Which is why the Law Enforcement Agencies are also invited to this all-purposeful meeting. The commission is looking forward to peaceful and credible elections as agreed by stakeholders and that’s also what the entire citizenry is anticipating.
Mr Bangura encourages women’s participation in elections. As one of the candidates contesting in one of the bye elections is the only female candidate in that constituency. Although she has been faced with a series of intimidation and threats from her opponents, she is still strong and ready for the polling day.
He maintained that the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) as a regulatory body, has the mandate to give her the conducive environment to exercise her franchise as a citizen of this country which is a constitutional qualification.
By Joseph F Kanu
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