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In Sierra Leone, Political Party Symbols for Parliament is ongoing with Many losing
By Bedor Kamara
Sep 28, 2012, 17:06
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The APC Electoral College has conducted primary elections for the award of the party symbol to parliamentary aspirants in eight out of the ten constituencies in the District.

 

The conduct of the elections in Constituencies 55 and 58 of Honorable Binneh Bangura and Hon. Jacob Koroma respectively were postponed due to disturbances as to who should be awarded the symbol.According to reports, the people claimed that they do not have confidence in the Electoral College.

 

Alhaji Chernor Dumbuya won in Constituency 49 with 71 votes after the runoff with the incumbent Honorable Isatu Koroma who polled 40 votes.

 

Alhaji Chernor Dumbuya informed this writer in an interview that he is delighted at the development recalling that he has been interacting with his people to know their needs since he returned home from America a year ago and described his predecessor a non-performer.

 

In Constituency 50 in Lunsar, the election was won by Isata Kabia that resulted to chaos as the youths protested that the process was manipulated in her favor. The youths chanted that Osman Karankay is their choice as he has been assisting them that resulted to Osman Karankay bagging 35 votes in the first rounds while Isata Kabia polled 32.

 

After the first rounds, they were told by the Electoral College to go home with no indication that the runoff will be conducted. At same time retaining voters of the winner, one of the reasons they accused the College of foul play and appealed to the President to intervene otherwise they will not vote for the party in the coming polls.

 

Abibatu Kalokoh won in Constituency 51; the incumbent Honorable Ibrahim Bundu in Constituency 52; incumbent Honorable Hassan Sheriff in Constituency 53 and incumbent Honorable Mohamed Khalil Kanu in Constituency 54. Others are incumbent Honorable Kombor Kamara in Constituency 56, incumbent Honorable Abu Koroma in Constituency 57 while in Constituency 58, the incumbent Honorable Jacob Koroma objected to the list of the Electoral College.

 

On the part of the SLPP, it looks many SLPP MPs are being rejected by their constituents in droves. I understand Hon. Sam Macarthy has lost his symbol.Not clear who is the winner but it is likely to be Ansu Lansana Esq.

 

Hon. Moinina Conteh of Daru has also lost his symbol and also, Hon. A.J.J. Musa has also lost the SLPP symbol.

 

In Bo, it has also been the same with prominent names falling and in Pujehun, they were last night under serious bouting over who should get the SLPP symbol for Const. 89 between Dixon Rogers and Alouysius Massaquoi.

 

In Kenema, rumour that Hon. Bintu Myers has lost the SLPP symbol.

 

In Bo, similar rumour of Hon. Neneh Lebbie losing the symbol. Lots of BAD BLOOD is raging through the South-East right now which the APC seems poised to take advantage of.

 

However, the talk of the town today is who will replace VP Sam-Sumana as his Running-Mate since the deadline is tomorrow. All sorts of names are being floated from South-East including Kono. An interesting internationally credible name is popping up but the humble and loyal VP is not one to count out at all. he has ot of support.


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