June 15, 2021

Sierra Leone: Embattled SLPP may not hold national convention soon

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By Lucy Kamara

Continued infighting amongst members of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) has taken a new turn with the Appeals Court granting the temporary injunction against the executive from holding a national convention to elect a presidential flagbearer.

The party, which over the years is embroiled in bitter contentions over the election of a flagbearer is still faced with the same divide, and the SLPP convention slated for April 21 to 23, presently in limbo.

The injunction will not come into effect until the order is perfected which can only happen earliest Monday.

Council for the appellants, Banja Tejan-Sie, informed the court that the appellants are members of the SLPP who aspire to vote and to be voted for at the forthcoming SLPP convention but are not qualified because their rights are violated.

“To qualify to vote one has to be a delegate which the appellants are not. He submits that the appellants are not delegates because their rights have been violated,” he noted, citing irregularity in internal elections of the SLPP. He said there existed parallel lists in 39 constituencies where parallel elections are conducted using two separate sets of rules.The application by notice of motion dated 24th march 2017 seeks several orders, including

  1. An injunction interim and interlocutory restraining the SLPP National  Conference scheduled to take place in Kenema from the 21st to the 23rd  April 2017 or any other date pending the hearing and determination of the appeal filed.

1 (a) An interlocutory injunction restraining the 1st and 2nd defendants/respondents from summoning any meeting of the National Executive Council of the SLPP geared towards conducting, organizing or supervising flag bearer elections or any elections pending the hearing and determination of the appeal filed.

The respondents filed an affidavit in opposition to the motion and raised a preliminary objection dated 5th April 2017 and sworn to by Dr. Abass Chernoh Bundu, proffering that the court has no jurisdiction to hear the matter.

Both sides must submit written submissions.

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Names of SLPP members aspiring for flagbearer

Hon Thorlu Bangura. 2. Rtd. Brgd. Julius Maada Bio 3. Alhaji Dr. Alie Kabba 4. Hon. Alpha Timbo Esq. 5. Dr. Jonathan Tengbeh. 6. Mr. Munda Rogers. 7. Amb. Umaru Wurie. 8. Dr. Christian Sam. 9. Dr. Kandeh K Yumkella. 10. Mr. John Benjamin. 11. Eng. Francis Lahai. 12. Andrew Keili 13. Chief Ernest Baimba Ndomahina. 14. Mr. Jonathan Sandy. 15. Dr. Kadi Sesay.

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