Sierra Leone: Embattled former Vice President has registered to vote in 2018 elections



Alhaji Samuel Sam-Sumana: exercising his right to register

Former vice president of Sierra Leone, Alhaji Sahr Samuel Tamba Sidique Sam-Sumana, who recently complained he has been unable to exercise his right to register, has finally registered to vote at the 2018 Presidential and Presidential elections in Sierra Leone.

By Lucy Kamara

The former vice president was controversially relieved of his duty by the National Advisory Committee (NAC) of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) ‘pursuant to Article 8 of the 1995 Constitution of the party for anti-party activity, fermenting violence, deceit, false statement amounting to fraud, inciting hate, threatening the personal security of key party functionaries, flouting of rulings and decisions of the party, carrying out anti-party propaganda, and engaging in activities inconsistent with the achievements of the party’s objectives.’

The former VP had claimed he has been unable to exercise his right to register as a voter for fear of his life and safety as well as that of his family and called on the community to make sure that the political leadership guarantees his safety in his bid to register as a voter during the ongoing voter registration process.

The former Vice-President called on Ghana’s former President Jerry John Rawlings at his office in Accra on Wednesday and informed him he had taken the matter of his dismissal to the ECOWAS Court of Justice seeking an enforcement of his fundamental human rights, describing his removal as unconstitutional.

The court has set April 25, 2017, for the hearing of the matter, according to Graphic online.

A letter authored by Solicitor for Chief Sam-Sumana, Dr. Raymond Atuguba and addressed to President Ernest Bai Koroma, requested the President to “provide security for the safety of his client, his family, supporters and well-wishers as they take steps to participate in this all important political process.”

People are wondering what actions the former VP will take to rekindle his political ambition and if he will continue with the APC or forming an alliance with another political party.

Categories: Politics, Sierra Leone

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