From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

NEC Set to Replace APC Eddie Turay
By Mohamed Kabba in Makeni
Mar 3, 2010, 17:34

The National Electoral Commission (NEC) is all set to conduct parliamentary bye-election in Constituency 33, Bombali District, to replace former All Peopleís Congress (APC) Member of Parliament (MP) Hon. Eddie Turay.

The parliamentary seat for the Constituency in question, which comprised of areas including part of Sanda Loko Chiefdom, Gbanti Kamaranka Sanda Tendaren Chiefdoms, has remained vacant since the appointment of Hon. Eddie Turay to the Sierra Leone High Commission in the United Kingdom.

Eddie Turay

The newly assigned Bombali District Election Officer of the National Electoral Commission (NEC), Christian Oíreilly, told this reporter at her Magburaka Road Office in Makeni, that the bye-election under review would be held on the 20th March 2010.

According to her, the election would be conducted in order for the people of Constituency 33 to have a representation in Parliament, as enshrined in the 1991 National Constitution.

She said it is the responsibility of NEC to conduct parliamentary bye-elections within six months in areas that record vacant seats due to death and other causes.

"It is in this vein that the NEC is conducting the bye-election under review to replace Hon. Eddie Turay, who was appointed as Ambassador to the United Kingdom" she explained.

Northern Region Supervisor for the Political Party Registration Commission (PPRC), Sahid Kamara said the Commission has engaged youth of the various political parties on the need for peaceful elections.

According to him, partiesí chairmen and youth leaders have all consented to prevail on their supporters to desist from all forms of violence.

Northern Regional Coordinator for the Office of National Security (ONS), Mustapha S. Kamara has advised NEC and PPRC to be mindful of political activities, especially in slating the various dates for campaign.

He also called on NEC to always inform the ONS of the slated dates for political rallies.

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