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Politics
SLPP Dancing to ‘Four for Void’ State of Ignorance
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Nov 23, 2012, 14:11

The main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) have spent this whole week from Monday November 19th 2012 to last night of Thursday, dancing to a perceived presidential victory of theirs. As they dance wildly at their party offices under the mistaken belief that ‘over-voting’ allegations will result in a cancellation of chunks of ruling APC votes in North, Freetown and Kono, they are happily singing a new slogan coined from ruling APC’s campaign slogan of ‘4 for 4’. 4 for 4 had called on voters to cast all four ballots for only slated APC candidates. The SLPP is now twisting APC’s  “4 for 4” into a new slogan Four for Void!! which means votes for 4 APC candidates will get to be invalidated and SLPP & Maada Bio will then automatically win as only votes in his stronghold of South and East will count. It is nonsense but if you go to SLPP’s offices all over the country, members are dancing in blissful ignorance of the actual Elections Laws whilst singing with capricious dancing, “Four for Void!!”.

 

Meanwhile, we have today published pieces for misguided SLPP members to learn from. The first is Dr. Sylvia Blyden’s rebuttal to Prof. Kelfala Kallon. Also, Section 87 of Public Elections Act which concerns what happens if there is over voting. It is below.


THE 2012 PUBLIC

ELECTIONS ACT


PART VII – Section 87 (Over Voting)


87.(1)
Where the votes cast at an election at a polling station exceed the number of registered voters in that polling station, the result of the election for that polling station shall be declared null and void by the Electoral Commission and another election may be conducted at a date to be fixed by the Commission, where the result at that polling station may affect the overall result in the electoral area, in the case of parliamentary or local council elections.

 

87.(2) Where the votes cast at a Presidential election at a polling station exceed the number of registered voters in that polling station, the result of the election for that polling station shall be declared null and void by the Electoral Commission and another election may be conducted at a date to be fixed by the Commission where the result at that polling station may affect the overall result in the election.

 

87.(3) Where an election result is nullified in accordance with subsection (1) or (2), there shall be no return for the election until another poll has taken place in the affected electoral area.

 

87.(4) Notwithstanding subsection (3), the Electoral Commission may, if satisfied that the result of the election will not be affected by voting in the area where the election result is nullified, direct that a return of the election be made.



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