AWARENESS TIMES
Sierra Leone News & Information

State House | Press Union | Lumley Beach | AllAfrica | SL-Web

www.awarenesstimes.com

  Giving Knowledge to the People
welcome to sierra leone's premier news source
Last Updated: Jun 3rd, 2011 - 19:18:52 
Front Page 
 
 NEWS
 Breaking News
 Local News
 Politics
 Photo News
 Video News
 
 EDITORIALS
 
 FROM OUR TEAM
 
 COMMENTS & OPINIONS
 Moiie's Column
 
 SPECIAL REPORTS
 Afsatu Kabba
 
 FEATURES
 
 ENTERTAINMENT
 
 PROFILES
 Role Models
 Awareness Lady
 Common Man
 
 THE ECONOMY
 
 NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
 Special Messages
 Legal Matters
 Obituaries
 
 PAID SUPPLEMENTS
 
 ADVERTISEMENTS
 
 SATIRE
Search


Published online by
Sylvia Blyden Dot Com

17 Garrison Street,
Freetown,
Sierra Leone.
Tel: +232-77-772001
Tel: +232-88-321000
Tel: +232-76-350077
Tel: +232-30-321001
Email:
editor@awarenesstimes.com
Website:
www.awarenesstimes.com

FEATURES  

Analysing SLPPís Performance in Sierra Leone's Kissiland (2007 vs. 2011 Elections)
By Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden
Jun 3, 2011, 18:58
Email this article
 Printer friendly page

From enquiries I received yesterday, I was rather surprised at the number of people who were ignorant of the fact that Kailahunís Kissi Parliamentarian Hon. Musa Tamba Sam of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) went into Parliament under the SLPP ticket with barely 40% of the votes cast in Kailahunís Constituency 03 during the 2007 Elections.¬† According to official elections results, almost 60% of voters rejected Musa Sam & SLPP as their Parliamentarian & Party and instead cast their votes for the APC, PMDC and NDA Candidates.

 

I have also read the opinions by both Jonathan Leigh (Independent Observer) and Dr. Sama Banya (Puawui) on the issue of SLPPís presence in Kailahunís Kissi land. They both serve to unwittingly misinform the public of the enormous feat that the John Benjamin led SLPP performed last weekend in Kailahunís Kissi land that saw the SLPP score 1,953 votes to the APC's 1,285 votes (Ratio of 60.32% to 39.68% for the two parties totaled votes). So, in order to help dispel whatever myth might be floating in the air about the performance of the SLPP last weekend, I will humbly oblige with some factual analysis.

 

All the following elections facts are culled from official National Electoral Commission Data of August 2007.

 

2007 VOTES FOR CONSTITUENCY 04

BORBOR-SAWYER, Tamba M. (SLPP) = 7,109

SENGU, Victor K. (APC) = 2,480

KENDOR, Bockarie S. (PMDC) = 740

SENGU, Kissinor N. (NDA) = 151

VANDI, Momoh (CPP) = 114

Void Votes = 975

Total Valid Votes = 10,594

Total Votes Cast = 11,569 votes

 

2007 VOTES FOR CONSTITUENCY 03

SAM, Musa T. (SLPP) = 4,114

TENGBEH, Sahr P. (PMDC) = 2,421

JIMMY, Francis F. (APC) = 1,505

NOAH, Mustapha B. (NDA) = 310

Void Votes = 1,636 

Total Votes Cast = 9,986 votes

 

2007 VOTES FOR CONSTITUENCY 07 (John Benjaminís Hometown)

FALEY, Robin E. (SLPP) = 18,118

SESAY, Ivy (PMDC) = 982

GBOW, Hindolo (APC) = 721

SILLA, Sheku (NDA) = 92

Void Votes = 936

Total Valid Votes = 19,913

 

HON. MUSA TAMBA SAM

As can be seen above, in the 2007 Parliamentary Elections, out of a total of 9,986 votes cast in the Kissi Constituency 03 of Kailahun District, the SLPPís Hon. Musa Sam only got 4,114 votes giving him a total of a little over 40% of the Votes with the remaining almost¬† 60% of the ballots being cast not for him. In other words, during the 2007 Presidential & Parliamentary Elections when SLPP was the party in Government, Kailahunís Constituency 03 in Kissi Kingdom, only voted 40% for the SLPPís Hon. Musa Tamba Sam.


HON. ROBIN FALLEY

This is in sharp contrast to John Benjaminís Segbwema hometown Constituency 07 in the same Kailahun District. In 2007, the SLPPís Hon. Robin Falley entered Parliament with 18,118 (91%) of the 19,913 valid votes cast.


KAILAHUN WAS NOT ALL GREEN

Because of figures like those scored by Hon. Robin Falley, it is always easy for the ill-informed like my dear brother, Jonathan Leigh of Independent Observer, to assume that all of Kailahun was bright green in 2007 but as I have now educated, this is not true. As aforementioned, some 60% of SLPPís Hon. Musa Tamba Samís people in Kissi land rejected him in 2007. He barely scraped into Parliament and God alone knows what will happen to him come 2012 Elections.


KISSI TONGIíS CONSTITUENCY 04

This now brings me to the recently contested seat of Constituency 04 in the same Kissi Land where Hon. Musa Tamba Sam hails from. During the 2007 Elections, when the SLPP was in power, Hon. Tamba Borbor Sawyer, who was then representing SLPP, scored ONLY 61% OF THE VOTES CAST. (i.e: 7,109 of 11,569 total votes). The APCís Victor Sengu won some 24% of the valid votes and the PMDCís Bockarie Kendor scored 7% with CPP and NDA sharing the balance valid votes.


APCíS FOOTHOLD IN KISSI TONGI

As can be seen, even in 2007 when the SLPP was in power, the APC, by winning almost 2,500 votes in Constituency 04, had a VERY FIRM foothold in Kissi Tongiís Constituency 04; a far better foothold than even the PMDC.


MUSA T. SAM vs. TAMBA BORBOR SAWYER

Infact, my Ďintelligence sourcesí tell me the APC had an option to use either Hon. Musa Tamba Sam or Hon. Tamba Borbor Sawyer in their recent gimmick but since in Year 2007, the APC had scored 18% of valid votes in Musa Tamba Samís Constituency 03 as compared to the APCís very significant 24% of valid votes in Tamba Borbor Sawyerís Constituency 04, it was expedient that the experiment should be conducted in Constituency 04 rather than Constituency 03. Dr. Sama Banya seems to be baffled as to the choice of Constituency 04 for the APCís recent experiment. Hope he now understands better. It was in Constituency 04 that the APC polled the highest percentage of valid votes within Kailahun District during the 2007 Elections where they won almost 2,500 votes cast.


MUSA T. SAM & KISSI TENG'S P.C. ELECTIONS

There are those who might wonder if Hon. Musa Sam could have been pliable to the political Ďlaboratory experimentí that the APC conducted with Hon. Tamba Borbor Sawyer as Ďlaboratory mouseí. Only God has the answer but when one recalls how Hon. Musa Tamba Sam was suddenly given an air ticket and per diem allowance to travel out of Sierra Leone during the height of campaigns for last yearís hotly contested Paramount Chief Elections in Kissi Teng Chiefdom which the ĎAPC candidateí won over the ĎSLPP candidateí, then one can draw conclusions. Hon. Musa Tamba Sam, like many Pa.O.Pa Squad members, is an interesting character to say the least.


DR. BANYAíS MENTION OF ďFIERYĒ HON. SAM

In the case of Dr. Sama Banya mentioning Hon. Samís Constituency 03 as a no-go land for anti-SLPP forces, he was just playing clever with semantics rather than stating the fact that the SLPPís ďfieryĒ Hon. Musa Tamba Sam won only a paltry 41% of the total votes in his Constituency 03 in Year 2007 showing that far more of Musa Tamba Samís constituents preferred the APC, PMDC and NDA to Hon. Musa Tamba Samís own representation of them.


JONATHAN LEIGHíS ANALYSIS

My brother Jonathan Leigh made a valiant effort to analyse the results but being hindered by his ignorance of the facts, his conclusions were erroneous. Now, if Jonathan Leigh truly wants to analyse the outcome of last weekís elections he should first appraise himself of the aforementioned electoral facts and then he would realise the yeoman feat that John Benjamin led opposition SLPP achieved in Kailahun last weekend over the Ernest Koroma led incumbent APC.


PROPERLY ANALYSING CONSTITUENCY 04

Factually, in Year 2007, SLPP won 61% of the total parliamentary elections votes cast in Constituency 04 when they (SLPP) were in Governance. Again, four years later, in Year 2011, with the APC in governance and APC expending hundreds of millions of leones and the power of incumbency, the SLPP again easily won over 60% of the total votes cast for the 2 partiesí candidates.

 

Kailahun Chairman Albert Jambai & Womens Leader


CONGRATULATIONS SLPP!!

I hope members of the public will now properly put into context the outcome of last weekend elections results in Constituency 04. The outcome was a significant blow to the ruling Ernest Bai Koroma led All Peoples Congress and a solid vote of confidence in the ability of the John Benjamin led Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) to maintain their ground inside Kailahun District despite the tremendous power of APCís incumbency and APCís 99 tactics shenanigans.


CONGRATS TO THE JOHN BENJAMIN TEAM!!

Congratulations are definitely due to all members of the SLPP but especially so to the National Chairman & Leader, John Oponjo Benjamin, to Ambassador Patrick Foyah, Eastern Regional Chairman, to Joseph Maada Kpulun, Southern Regional Chairman and last but certainly not least, to the indefatigable SLPP Chairman of Kailahun District Branch, the Great Albert Jambai. I salute you all for making our democratic culture such a vibrant one to observe & report on. You deserve the Congratulations SLPP!! Keep the Fire burning!!!


© Copyright by Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Top of Page

Latest Headlines
NEWS
Ruling APC Mentioned as Another Journalist Mercilessly Beaten in Freetown
International Outcry Over Murder of Sierra Leone Journalist
Sierra Leone Commemorates Global Youth Day
EDITORIALS
SLPPís Supreme Court Battle Should Be Considered as Just Beginning
On Male Politiciansí Underwear : IMC Contravenes Section 27 of Constitution
FROM OUR TEAM
Analysing SLPPís Performance in Sierra Leoneís Kissiland (2007 vs. 2011 Elections)
A Look at Series of Articles by Awareness Times on Bu-Buakei Jabbi versus SLPP
FLASHBACK: Atmosphere in which NINJAS was formed in Sierra Leone
COMMENTS & OPINIONS
SLPPíS SUPREME COURT BATTLE HAS JUST BEGUN
The Unfair Attacks on Dr. Zubairu Kalokoh
When President Becomes a Supervisor of Deliveries
SPECIAL REPORTS
Libel against the Blydens: Philip Neville ďRepliesĒ
How Kanja Sesay Allegedly Fooled Philip Neville for Umaru Fofana
Dr. Sylvia Blyden, NINJAS, Oluni Robbin-Coker & the Search for Peace in Sierra Leone
FEATURES
Oxfam Director on Resignation
Analysing SLPPís Performance in Sierra Leone's Kissiland (2007 vs. 2011 Elections)
Remember those living atop the Hill at Sierra Leone's Kissy Mental Hospital
ENTERTAINMENT
No articles available.
PROFILES
No articles available.
THE ECONOMY
No articles available.
NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Sierra Leone First Lady Sia Nyama Koroma is Currently Out of the Country
In Memory Of Our Dear Friend & Sister Mrs. Makalay L. Koroma (Nee Kamara)
TAYO ADERINOKUN, GTBANK CEO PASSESÖ
PAID SUPPLEMENTS
From A Ripple Into A Wave: ĎAlpha Waveí Rocks Salone
Hon. Elizabeth Alpha-Lavalie (ACIB, CORSL) ďSLPP Flagbearer AspirantĒ
Usman Boie-Kamara Will Easily Beat Ernest Bai Koroma in 2012
ADVERTISEMENTS
Draft Environmental And Social Impact Assessment Report For Koidu Kimberlite Project Available For Public Review
Sierra Leone Celebrates 50 Years: Do you know a Woman of Excellence?
SATIRE
SLPP NAIVETY & ANTI CORRUPTION COMMISSION AS WILLING TOOLS FOR THE WHITE GENERAL
Sierra Leone's Lawless Presidential Aspirant Wants Protection he does not deserve
YAR NAR BAR! NAR FOR SPOIL!!! - Using Drugged Up Supporters to intimidate other Aspirants away from Party HQs

Copyright © 2005 - 2010, Awareness Times Sierra Leone; All Rights Reserved.
Hosted & Designed by West Africa Dot Net