The Alliance Democratic Party (ADP) headed by Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray has bitten off 13% of the support base of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) in Ward 025 of Segbwema, Kailahun, Eastern Sierra Leone. Five years ago, during the 2012 General Elections, the SLPP candidate for Ward 025 in Segbwema had scored 69% of the votes whilst the ruling APC took 28% and another minority party PMDC had taken around 3%. Following the death of the SLPP councillor for that seat, a bye elections has been conducted on Saturday 27th May 2017.
Three parties contested the bye elections and the provisional results show SLPP support in Segbwema was down by 13% from its 69% score in 2012 as SLPP only produced a dismal 56% of the votes in Segbwema whilst the newly registered ADP scored 13%. By all indications the 13% of support lost by SLPP is now belonging to the new ADP of Kamarainba. This is the very first time the ADP is contesting an elections in South East Sierra Leone.
The APC in Segbwema has meanwhile improved from 28% in 2012 to 31% in 2017.
At the height of its strength some 15 years ago in 2002, the SLPP had been so popular in those parts that it had scored 99% of votes in Segbwema. Those days are now gone.
Reacting to the inroads made by APC and ADP, former Chairman and Leader of the SLPP, John Oponjo Benjamin, who many see as the political godfather of Segbwema dismissed the two parties’ results as being obtained from “buying votes”.
Mr. Benjamin thanked the people of Ward 025 for being focused and proving to the APC and ADP that they cannot be bought with trifle. JOB as he is fondly called, accused both APC and ADP of buying votes.
“ADP’s Kamarainba and APC’s Robin Fallay were moving between villages asking people for voters’ ID. Kamarainba will immediately give you Le10,000 and Robin Fallay was busy distributing rice and other cooking condiments for vote”.
Benjamin went on that, that was the reason why Kamarainba and APC got such results. He is appealing to National Electoral Commission (NEC) and Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) to institute laws that will dissuade politicians from buying votes. He says people should be allowed to vote their conscience and not vote for money.
For his part, ADP Leader Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray told Awareness Times Newspaper he was grateful to God and the people of Segbwema for the support.
“I am thankful to the people of Segbwema for accepting the ADP’s ideology and for giving us 13% support in our first contest in the region. I’m so grateful”.
Kamarainba added that he just campaigned for few days and got 13% whereas another minority party like PMDC had campaigned for years and years but never made such a mark in Segbwema.
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