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Human Rights activist accused president Koroma of violating public election rules and political parties code of conducts

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The Chairman
Political Parties Registration Commission
Tower Hill
Freetown
Sierra Leone

December 21, 2017
Dear Sir;

PRESIDENT ERNEST KOROMA’S VIOLATION OF PUBLIC ELECTIONS RULES & POLITICAL PARTIES CODE OF CONDUCT

I write in reference to the above subject matter and to particularly draw your attention to the obvious violations by the leadership of the All Peoples Congress (APC) of the provisions of the Public Elections Act of 2012 and the Political Parties Act of 2002 along with their Codes of Conduct as they relate to the organization of free and fair elections.

As you may probably have noted, for several weeks now the APC’s chairman and life-time leader, Ernest Bai Koroma, who is also at present the president of the Republic of Sierra Leone, has been on a national elections campaign tour showcasing his preferred candidate in the upcoming 2018 presidential elections to voters across the country. This elections campaign tour, which commenced in parts of the north, is currently in the southern and eastern provinces of the country. Several meetings have already been held in several towns and villages in the Portloko, Kambia, Bombali, Kailahun, Bo, and Kenema districts. Information from the State House Communication Unit (SHCU) also indicates that more events are scheduled to occur in other parts of the country in the incoming weeks. Details of these ongoing events have been widely reported in the traditional and non-traditional media. As the paraphernalia of these activities show, and as the discussions at these events themselves reveal, these events undoubtedly constitute acts of conventional election campaigning by the APC leader.

By all indications according to the evidence now available to the public, these campaign activities by the APC leader and chairman are in complete violation of both the Public Elections Act of 2012 and the Political Parties Act of 2002 and its Code of Conduct.

The APC leader and chairman has used, and is still using, his position as president of the country to illegally commence election campaigning under the guise of a “Thank You Tour” ahead of the official declaration of campaigns by the National Electoral Commission (NEC). It is now obvious that Mr. Ernest Bai Koroma, the chairman and leader-for-life of the ruling APC, is using his position as president to openly persuade voters to endorse, accept, support, and eventually vote for his chosen candidate, Mr. Samura Kamara in the upcoming 2018 presidential elections. It is beyond reasonable doubt that the ongoing “Presidential Thank You Tour” is nothing but an APC presidential campaign designed solely by Mr. Koroma to unfairly enhance the electoral chances of his appointed candidate in the upcoming elections.

The deliberate and illegal deployment of state and public resources into his party’s electoral campaign constitute a serious infringement on the rules governing free and fair conduct of democratic elections. It should be underscored that this violation of the electoral laws and other provisions governing the conduct of political parties in elections demonstrates, once again, the president’s determination to not only flout the free and fair organization of elections, but to also unfairly tilt the electoral contest in favor of his own appointed candidate, Mr. Samura Kamara. Thus, it must be said that this open disregard for constitutionality and rule of law are a serious cause for concern, especially when the elections management institutions – the National Electoral Commission (NEC) and the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) – have remained silent in the face of these brazen violations by the APC chairman and other ruling party leaders. It is the constitutional responsibility of NEC and PPRC to ensure compliance with the rules governing the conduct of elections and to regulate the activities of political parties in such situations.

President Ernest Bai Koroma

The PPRC, in particular, is on record for repeatedly monitoring the activities of opposition politicians and opposition parties and constantly calling them to check when they appear to violate the laws governing their conduct. The PPRC’s numerous interventions in the internal activities of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and Peoples Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) ahead of the 2012 elections are clear examples of the Commission’s role in response to its statutory obligations. The PPRC has also repeatedly intervened to enforce the SLPP’s compliance with the national laws and constitution of the country in recent times. It is unfortunate, therefore, that the PPRC has deliberately failed and avoided to comment on or intervene in the leadership struggles of the APC, especially during the party’s unlawful dismissal of Mr. Samuel Sam Sumana in 2015. The Commission also failed to question the APC’s failure to organize internal democratic elections for positions within its national and lower executives, as required both by the Political Parties Act of 2002 and the 1991 Sierra Leone Constitution. The PPRC equally refused to denounce the undemocratic method used by President Ernest Koroma, the APC’s party leader, to super-impose a presidential candidate in a manner that conflicts with the Political Parties Act of 2002 and other provisions of the 1991 National Constitution relating to the democratization of the internal activities of political parties.

It is obvious that this selective application of the law and the obvious failure to enforce statutory obligations by national institutions, like the PPRC and NEC, does not help the democratization process of the country. The free and fair conduct of elections and the progressive development of a democratic political culture presupposes that national institutions must be independent and should be seen to operate fairly and effectively. Sadly, this is yet to be the case in Sierra Leone.

I, therefore, implore the PPRC and NEC to jointly condemn the unlawful political campaigning by the president and to help stop the illegitimate use of public and state resources by incumbent party politicians to create an unfair environment in the upcoming elections. The PPRC and NEC have a statutory obligation to help persuade, if not force, the APC and its leadership to respect the national laws of the country and the rules governing the conduct of democratic elections. The importance of ensuring that the upcoming elections are organized in a free, fair, and transparent environment cannot be overemphasized. To achieve this monumental task, it is paramount that the PPRC and NEC act to enforce the relevant laws and rules relating to the conduct of free and fair elections, regardless of party. It is my expectation that you not only will, but also should be able to discharge your statutory obligations dispassionately as we head into these crucial elections.

I wish you and members of your Commission a merry Christmas and a peaceful 2018.

Regards,

Chernoh Alpha M. Bah
Chairman
African Socialist Movement (ASM)
Evanston, Illinois
USA

Copy:
1. The United States Embassy in Sierra Leone
2. The British High Commission in Sierra Leone
3. The Chinese Embassy in Sierra Leone
4. The Nigerian High Commission in Sierra Leone
5. The Ghanaian High Commission in Sierra Leone
6. The United Nations Development Program Country Director
7. The Guinean Embassy in Sierra Leone
8. The Malian Embassy in Sierra Leone
9. The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Sierra Leone
10. The Ecowas Special Representative in Sierra Leone
11. The Mano River Union Secretariat
12. The Office of National Security
13. The National Electoral Commission
14. The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone
15. The Office of the Ombudsman
16. The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists
17. The Sierra Leone Bar Association
18. All Political Parties
19. All Civil Society Groups
20. The Interreligious Council of Sierra Leone
21. The Media

  1. jack frazer says

    ”A WISE SPEECH FOR ROTTEN SALONE AND IT’S TOTALLY ROTTEN WARPED APE LEADERSHIP”… SO MUCH FROM OUR DISCREDITED, BANKRUPT AND ABANDONED TIMID ”intellectual parasites” we have in that CURSEDLAND.

    A SPEECH BY BOBBY KENNEDY FOR ALL OF HUMANITY, FOR ALL NATIONS AND FOR ALL TIMES.

    The speech opens with these lines….

    This is a time of shame and sorrow. It is not a day for politics. I have saved this one opportunity to speak briefly to you about this mindless menace of violence, gross corruption and gross incompetency in Africa which again stains our land and every one of our lives.

    It is not the concern of any one tribe. The victims of the violence are black and white, rich and poor, young and old, famous and unknown. They are, most important of all, human beings whom other human beings loved and needed. No one – no matter where he lives or what he does – can be certain who will suffer from some senseless act of stealing,bloodshed and corruption. And yet it goes on and on up to this last minutes in ernest koroma’s government.

    Why? What has violence/corruption/incompetent whole sale, ever accomplished? What has it ever created? No martyr’s/thief cause has ever been stilled by his assassin’s bullet.

    No wrongs have ever been righted by riots and civil disorders. A sniper is only a coward, not a hero; and an uncontrolled, uncontrollable mob is only the voice of madness, not the voice of the people, the whole sales of the country’s resources to themselves and in cohort with Lebanese for personal wealth……While the little
    sierra Leonean children suffer from hunger, lack of medicines, lack of schools and just lack of everything.

    ”For there is another kind of violence, slower but just as deadly, destructive as the shot or the bomb in the night. This is the violence of institutions; indifference and inaction and slow decay. This is the violence that afflicts the poor, that poisons relations between men because their skin has different colors. This is a slow destruction of a child by hunger, and schools without books and homes without heat in the winter”.

    ”This is the breaking of a man’s spirit by denying him the chance to stand as a father and as a man among other men. And this too afflicts us all. I have not come here to propose a set of specific remedies nor is there a single set. For a broad and adequate outline we know what must be done”.

    When you teach a man to hate and fear his brother, when you teach that he is a lesser man because of his color or his beliefs or the policies he pursues or of his education, when you teach that those who differ from you threaten your freedom or your job or your family, then you also learn to confront others ”not as fellow citizens but as enemies” – to be met not with cooperation but with conquest, to be subjugated and mastered.

    Sierra Leone today encompass all of these evils that Bob Kennedy spoke of. AWAKE CHILDREN OF SALONE!.

  2. jack frazer says

    ”THE PARADOXES OF SIERRA LEONE”

    Weirdnest kamara/koroma to be faced WITH CRIMINAL CORRUPTION AND GROSS ABUSED OF OFFICE CHARGES AGAINST SIERRA LEONE AND IT’S CITIZENS FROM ANY PARTY THAT COMES TO POWER.

    Sierra Leone is a BLESSED COUNRTY IN NATURAL RESOURCES, BUT VERY SADLY ENOUGH, SIERRA LEONE IS A COUNTRY WHERE OUR SO CALLED EXCELLENCES,
    HONOURABLES, AND IT’S HIGHNESS LEADERSHIP ARE EVERYTHING BUT BLESSED. THESE OUR APC THUGS HUMANOIDS AT THE HELM.

    AT DA JAVU ALL AGAIN OF THE 70S AND 80S APC THUG SIAKA THIEVENS DESTROYED THE WHOLE COUNTRY LEADING TO THE MOST UNQUALIFIED
    LEADERSHIP OF SAIDU MOMOH AND UTIMATELY TO REBEL WAR OF THE SAME TENMINEE APE FODAY SANKOH. WHY AGAIN THIS TIME!?…

    CONCLUDING AFTER 10 YEARS OF THE MOST MISERABLE DISTURBINGLY AND VERY SICKENING RULE ONCE MORE UNDER THE SAME APC HUMANOIDS OF THIS
    OLDEST APC HUMANOID Weirdnest kamara/koroma.

    patriotism or unpatriotic tendencies of these apc humanoids, in fact, now is shown to the folks of Sierra Leone, that from the PRESIDENT, ”this ape-humanoid
    OF MINDLESS SENSELESS CURSED, IS A DEFAULT PATRIOTIC PRESIDENT OF SADLONE AND citizen of THE UNITED KINGDOM”. where on this earth can one find such apc humanoid at the helm of LEADERSHIP!?… Only in Sierra Leone.

    No wonder, the whole of this apc tenminee THUGS, that this, our so called almighty excellent and honourable leader had and still is having in his government are the most unpatriotic corrupted apc humanoids Sierra Leoneans and citizens of other countries EVER.

    If Sierra Leone is ever to curb, control and totally abandon it’s corrupt tendencies, than it will be wise and all befitting for any next administration either apc, slpp or any other party to bring this mindless, senseless ape-humanoid and his tenminee gangs of thugs from his uneducated/unlearned justice and defence ministers and for that matter all his ministers under his
    miserably incompetent and hopeless corrupted admin to be brought to justice for the CRIMINALITY TOWARDS THE CHILDREN OF SIERRA LEONE. OR ELSE THESE CORRUPT INCOMPETENCES WILL FOREVER REMAINS TO BE A CURSE TO LAND.

    WEIRDNEST KAMARA/KOROMA HAVE BY NOW ALSO CLEAR SHOWN THAT HE
    DO NOT/NUTS intends to leaving POORWER/POWER in a honourable MANNER,
    BUT WANT TO BE REMOVED FROM POORWER/POWER WITH disgrace BECAUSE HE IS WHAT THE WORLD KNOWS HE IS, ”MINDLESS, SENSELESS AND SHAMELESS SELF INDULGED CORRUPTED APC-HUMANOID THIEF. SAD.

    Awake children of sadlone, we have been asleep for so long a time. We see Why
    this apc-humanoid is refusing to leave poorwer/power, because he knows the damaged, harm, destruction, distortion and disgusting foul he this ape-humanoid weirdnest kamara/koroma have brought onto Sierra Leone. sad

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