The refusal of Christiana Thorpe to go by dictates of Section 38(8) of Sierra Leone Constitution has unpleasant effect. Names of non-existent persons (Ghost Voters) continue to be maintained on the National Voter Register & faked IDs of these names are used by unscrupulous agents in Bye-elections like recent ones.
Reports monitored from the Kailahun District indicate that the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) intercepted a good number of ‘ghost voters’ imported from neighboring Liberia by operatives of the All People’s Congress (APC) party during the height of the just concluded parliamentary bye-election in Constituency 04, Kissy Tongi Chiefdom, Kailahun District.
It has been revealed that the invaders were stopped by vigilant SLPP supporters in various border towns, as part of strategic robust measures put in place by the SLPP Southern and Eastern Regional Chairmen, Maada Kpulun and Ambassador Patrick Foyah respectively, in order to avert fraud in the aforementioned election.
Following a tip-off that the APC had plans to import approximately one thousand people from Liberia, through the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation Tamba Borbor Sawyer, the SLPP Regional Chairmen saw the need to deploy party monitors in various border towns; an occurrence that yielded maximum dividend.
Meanwhile, Kailahun district residents have totally debunked ambush claims by Borbor Sawyer, who happens to be the former Member of Parliament (MP) for Constituency 04 in the Kailahun District, describing it as a cover up for his failed attempt to safely land his imported ‘ghost voters’ in the district.
Borbor Sawyer is alleging that he was ambushed on two instances by supporters of the SLPP while on his way from Liberia to Kailahun during the height of the just concluded parliamentary bye-election, but SLPP Kailahun District Chairman, Albert Jambai has described Borbor Sawyer’s claim as nothing other than a fallacy.
Jambai explained to the Awareness Times Newspaper that "Borbor Sawyer materialized from Liberia on polling day and speedily drove his car to the location where I was standing with the SLPP Constituency Chairmen for Constituencies 08 and 02, in what we consider as an attempt to kill us".
"He first succeeded in hitting the two constituency chairmen; then chased me into a nearby bush and also hit me with his car," SLPP’s Jambai explained, adding that: "It was after this wicked act that Borbor Sawyer rushed to the Kailahun Police Station to make flimsy claims of being ambushed on his way from Liberia".
Meanwhile, scenes of jubilations, singing and partying were yesterday recorded in the Kissy Tongi Chiefdom following the announcement of the election result that saw SLPP maintaining the contested seat. Notable amongst yesterday’s songs in the chiefdom against the APC was the one rephrased from pro-APC musician titled in the local Krio parlance "Nar wae ar miss", meaning "I did it deliberately".
It goes like this: "If you buy for me zinc, ar nor vote for you, na wae ar miss; if you gimme money ar nor vote for you, na wae a miss….." meaning "If you buy me zinc and I did not vote for you, I did it deliberately; if you give me money and I did not vote for you, I did it deliberately…."
Kissy Tongi residents interviewed by this reporter expressed appreciation to all the SLPP strongmen that fully associated themselves with the campaign, with special words of gratitude to the dynamic National Chairman and Leader of the party, John Oponjo Benjamin (JOB).
They however expressed bitterness over the actions of Maada Bio and Abass Bundu during the height of the campaign.
On the slated campaign date of Friday 20th May for the SLPP, Maada Bio and Abass Bundu left the SLPP supporters in a total state of shock as a result of their utterances. Instead of campaigning for SLPP’s Sahr Fatorma, the duo used loud microphone and announced to the people of the Chiefdom that the SLPP is finished. "SLPP don portor portor," they were quoted as saying.
Notwithstanding the happiness of the SLPP supporters over the victory, the memories of the utterances of Abass and Maada were still fresh in their minds, as according to the supporters, the Sam Sumana campaign team used the same ‘portor portor’ adjective to describe the SLPP when it stormed the streets a day after the utterances, Saturday 21st May 2011.