SLPP CONTINUES ELECTIONS ON SATURDAY AS PPRC REJECTS KAPEN AND ASPIRANTS ALLIANCE
By: Fatmata Mansaray
The main opposition party, SLPP, will continue its lower level elections on Saturday 3rd December 2016 after attempts by its Chairman, Mr Kapen and Aspirants Alliance failed to get the PPRC to stop the elections.
A source close to Kapen stated that on Thursday 1st December, a meeting was held at the PPRC amongst Chairman Kapen, Aspirants Alliance, Police and PPRC. “Kapen and the Aspirants Alliance were begging in the meeting that PPRC and the Police should release separate statements to stop the pending SLPP elections on Saturday.
The PPRC and the Police strongly refused to do so stating that is not their roles and advised them that everyone should comply with the Rules and Regulations for the elections to address election complaints” the source claimed.
Following the disappointment at PPRC for Mr Kapen and Alliance, Mr Kapen was advised by the Alliance to issue a press release to postpone the elections and a letter to the police stating the suspension of the elections. It has also been reported that a meeting was held at Mr Benjamin’s office at 79 Campbell Street in the evening of Friday 2nd December between Kapen and the members of the Alliance wherein they planned to disrupt and cause chaos in the SLPP elections on Saturday.
However, the acting National Secretary-General, Amb Alie Badara Kamara who is responsible for all correspondences of the party has issued an earlier Press Release on Thursday, 1st December announcing the continuation of the elections on Saturday 3rd December 2016.
Alie Badara clearly stated in his release “..no individual or group of persons has the authority to stop the election process except a legally constituted National Executive Council (NEC) of the Party.”
Majority of SLPP members and delegates have criticised Mr Kapen and Aspirants Alliance for creating chaos in SLPP. Some party members have branded Mr Kapen and the Aspirants Alliance as “Paid APC agents within the SLPP to destroy the SLPP chances in 2018”.
Other SLPP members have been reconciliatory calling for the Aspirants Alliance “to stop wasting the time of the party and support Mr Bio, the most popular candidate.”