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PPRC SET TO MONITOR POLLING DAY
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Nov 16, 2012, 17:00
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POLITICAL PARTIES REGISTRATION COMMISSION       

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PPRC SET TO MONITOR POLLING DAY


The Political Parties Registration Commission PPRC is set to monitoring the polling day of the 17th November 2012 Elections. The deployment will include Permanent Staff, members of the District Code Monitoring Committees and casual staff.

 

This is in line with the Commissions mandate to monitor the conduct of Political Parties on Elections Day.

 

PPRC End Regional Tour

 The Political Parties Registration Commission PPRC has completed a regional tour to Makeni, Bo, Kenema and Kono. The tour was used as an opportunity to remind Political Parties of the responsibilities and to also get first hand information on the electoral challenges faced by Political Parties as we enter the final week of campaign.

 

In his statement, the Chairman Hon. Justice M.E. Tolla Thompson, reminded all present of the Mandate of the Commission. The commissions work he says is enormous as the commission monitors, supervise and regulate the conduct of Political Parties. He says it is the concern of the commission as most people do not know the role of the commission. The commission he says is established to ensure that it monitors every activity of the political parties.

 

Political Parties he says is not formed only for elections but an institution that should always exists.  Political Education he says should be the responsibilities of Political Parties.  Election is not a battle of fist but a contest of ideas he added. Everyone he says should be given the free will to belong to whatever party he or she wants to belong to. 

 

During the tour it was clear that the APC and the SLPP in most cases violates the campaign calendar and both parties were always in conflict with each other. Other issues highlighted by political parties include:

       Political Tolerance and Violence

       Use of abusive languages and invectives during rallies

       Tearing of posters.

       Alcohol (bottles), drugs used during rallies

       The use of children during rallies etc

 

PPRC SETTLES THE DISPUTE BETWEEN THE APC AND SLPP IN MILE 91

 

The Political Parties Registration Commission PPRC has settled the impasse between the All Peoples Congress and the Sierra Leone Peoples Party in Mile 91, Tonkolili District.  During the regional tour, the Commission held a meeting with both parties at the Conference Hall of Radio Gbafth 91.0 FM.

 

Both Parties explained their grievances and the issue of animosity and hostility that led to the violence. At the end, the parties discussed and adopted a resolution that the parties should work with for tolerance and peace to reign in Mile 91.

 

After deliberations, it was decided that both parties should meet and come out with a resolution which includes:

 

1. The parties should denounced intimidation, violence and provocation during their rallies, campaigns or during radio programmes. They would also work in cohesion after the election so that the winner and the losers would come together and work in the interest of peace and for the good and development of the township.

2. As a demonstration of peace and tolerance, both parties agreed to hold a radio discussion programme to educate their supporters on the need for tolerance and peace and to denounce violence of any kind. In collaboration with the PPRC, a peace rally will be organised in which the surrounding towns will be invited as a demonstration of peace and tolerance. They are to rally across the township of Mile 91 and in the end make commitments to the Unity and Peace amongst the party supporters in Mile 91.

3.  They agreed to maintain the peace by communicating with each other and exchanged phone numbers. They also agreed to work with the police and that the police should be impartial and independent in dispensing their duties. They further committed themselves to working with the PPRC and the community radio to ensure the peace is sustained.

4. A Committee is to be set up comprising all political parties, PPRC, SLP and the community radio. This committee should work out modalities for voter education, polling day and counting and to address and manage post election issues and the need to maintain peace and tolerate one another after the elections.

 

At the end of the meeting, both parties agreed to withdraw the cases they have in the police and court against one another in the interest of peace.

 

The meeting ended with commitment to fully adhere and support the implementation of the document.

 

The radio discussion took place on Sunday 11th November 2012 and the peace rally on Monday 12th November 2012 where the parties to signed the recommendations as this resolution for peace and development in the community.

 

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