Kamarainba Demands Elections Date, Threatens Protest
By Arthur Ben Tucker
The Presidential candidate of the Alliance Democratic Party (ADP), Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray has called on the National Electoral Commission (NEC) to announce a date for the Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Council Elections, failure which, he will stage a peaceful protest.
“If NEC do not give a specific date for the forthcoming elections, from now to February 23rd 2017, I will mobilize all the ADP supporters, sympathizers and followers across the country and lead a peaceful demonstration to their Tower Hill office in Freetown,” he threatened.
He made the disclosure on Monday 30th January 2017, at the ADP head office in Freetown, while updating Newsmen about his vision and political ambitions for the country.
He dismissed claims by the Deputy Minister of Information and Communications that there is no vacancy in the presidency and therefore no one has the right or powers to announce a date for an election.
Kamarainba stressed that he would not join issues with the minister, insisted “there’s a vacancy which is why we are calling on NEC to give us a date.”
He also explained that the proposed protest by his party was to urge the Commission to wake up to their responsibility.
He noted that the function to announce or give a date for an election rest only with NEC, adding that the Commission has to consult the president and not to seek his permission before coming up with a date.
Mr. Mansaray also called on the government to immediately lift the ban placed on Sunday trading, stating that the ban has created more hardship and suffering on the poor citizens.
He wondered why the government was still keeping the ban on Petty Traders under a supposed State of Emergency.
The ADP Chairman pointed out that in order to address the challenges and extremely difficulties confronting the nation, the Sierra Leone Parliament must be fixed in the interest of the nation. He recalled that to help in fixing it, he contested two Parliamentary Bye Election in 2016 to proceed to the Well, but lost in both.
He expressed optimism that he was going to win the 2018 elections, stating that he has the Human Resources to fill in candidates in all the constituencies and wards across the country.
“I run towards challenges, after visiting communities across the north, I saw hundreds of visibly hungry looking citizens who had relied on the ruling All People’s Congress for survival, but the regime had deliberately neglected them,” he said.
Based on this, he noted that the ADP can bring succor to the people if voted in 2018. He maintained that he has the capacity to move the country with the inclusion of young people.
Kamarainba scolded politics of tribalism, regionalism, greed and corruption in the country, which he claimed is often practice by the Sierra Leone People’s Party and the governing All People’s Congress.