In order to prevent the Statutory Instrument containing the nomination fees for the March 7, 2018 general elections from becoming a law without debate after 21 days as embedded in the National Constitutional, Members of Parliament of the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party have through a motion requested that the instrument be debated.

The motion for the Instrument on nomination fees to be debated before the expiration of 21 days was moved by Hon. Ansumana J. Kai Kai and seconded by Hon Foday Rado Yokie respectively. Though, the mover called for the document to be debated, he had already described it as “dead on arrival”.

The Statutory Instrument was tabled in the Well of Parliament by the Deputy Minister of Justice, John Arrow Bockarie on behalf of the Chief Electoral Commissioner, Mohamed N’fah –Alie.

The document contains the following proposed nomination fees for the respective positions for the 2018 general elections: Village Headman - Le250, 000, Councilor - Le500, 000, Mayor/District Chairperson - Le1, 500,000, Parliamentarian –Le3, 000,000, President - Le 30, 000,000.

The Speaker of the House, Hon. Ambassador Sheku B.B Dumbuya, has requested the Majority Leader of the House and Leader of Government Business, Hon. Leonard Fofanah to expedite the process of debating the Statutory Instrument on the Nomination fees by next week.

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