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SLPP to boycott 2012 Electoral Process…
Posted By SEM On February 25, 2012 @ 3:25 am In Politics | Comments Disabled
Insinuations are up about the looming threat of the main opposition plan to boycott the November polls on reasons many believe would be their usual syndrome of workout protests.
In the recent past, the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) is often ripe in workout protests and have done so in several wakenings including the reopening of the Third Parliament of the Second Republic, also in the deed order of the president under a certificate of emergency to sign the Petroleum and Mining Act. The SLPP also boycotted the police’s press conference summoned to announce the lifting of a cool-off period, following spate of running battles between opposition political factions in the country.
In the event marking the country’s 50th, anniversary, the SLPP also did not attend and recently, they boycotted the National Transformation Conference designed to chart the country’s fifty years forward inline with national development.
In all of these, it has been supposed that the opposition is being apt at taking callous decisions. Many have said the SLPP would disprove the National Electoral Council (NEC) on issues starting from the entrenched clause which resisted parallel registration by political parties and certainly are having problems with even the person of Christiana Thorpe, NEC’s chairperson, who they say is not eligible to run two national elections on consecutive terms. It is rumoured also that, the SLPP law panel are hosting plans to lodge the commission in court on serious issues ranging from usurping electoral powers to muzzle political parties in the areas of restricting parallel voter registration, which in their argument is best that would guide a NEC attempted rigging plans in the forthcoming elections.
Earlier, the opposition had taken Christiana Thorpe to the Court of Law on claims that she nullified votes in their Southeastern stronghold –a matter the Supreme Court is refusing to make a ruling on. SLPP sources, meanwhile, have supposed that if their party notices electoral mishmash they would leave no option to back out of the race in the November polls.
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