“It is not the responsibility of the present executive to conduct flagbearer elections. If they are not qualified, they should not give terms for the conduct of such elections. Hence, I will make sure the current executive follows the laid down rules and regulations of the party, prior to the party’s flagbearer election ” These were the exact words of one of the party’s flagbearer aspirants, John Opongo Benjamin.
It is seemingly becoming evident, that the SLPP National Delegate’s Conference scheduled for September 15, 16 and 17 in Kenema will not go ahead as planned, following a petition sent to the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) by the former Chairman and Leader of the party, John Oponjo Benjamin, challenging the legality of the present executive and its new rules and regulations set out for the conduct of such elections.
In a telephone interview with this press, the petitioner, in his letter to PPRC, argued that, the mandate of the present executive of the party has expired long ago, and therefore, they are working in contravention to the Party constitution. Hence, calling for things to be done properly before the Delegates’ Conference is held in Kenema.
Paragraph One (1) of the PPRC decision issued earlier this month states that: “ The commission is expecting that, all National Officers of the SLPP would have been duly elected at the party conference and the newly elected National Officers will take up their respective offices and NEC will be duly constituted. The election of the SLPP Presidential candidate can only take place after this process has been completed. “Furthermore, Clause V (xii) of the Rules and Regulations dated 31st July 2017 requires the publication of the list of eligible voters at least twenty one (21) days prior to the date for the election of our party’s presidential candidate”. JOB warned. As a result of the party failure to fully comply with Paragraph One (1) of the PPRC Decision and Clause V (xii) of the Rules and Regulations dated 31st July 2017, JOB has vowed to ensure the right thing is done, prior to the party’s National Delegate’s Conference to elect the party’s 2018 presidential aspirant, by making sure that, “the current executive follows the rules and regulations of the party and does not cheat their way out to achieve their objective by using fake rules, illegal parallel lists and fraudulent machinations”
Meanwhile, PPRC is expected to give a ruling on the petition’ case this Thursday, and according to the petitioner, if the matter is not adequately addressed, he will definately seek further redress in a court of law to put a halt to Conference already slated for September 15, 16 and 17 in Kenema district.
It can be recalled that, prior to the party’s National Delegate’s Conference, the Political Parties Registration Commission, (PPRC) which also stand accused of compounding the crisis in the SLPP, approved the new rules and regulations recently set out by the current executive for the conduct of the flagbearer election.
The new rules and regulations, which is now challenged by JOB, one of the party’s flagbearer aspirants, imposed of a candidature fee of Le120M for the flagbearer election