President Koroma Announces Election Date
By Abass Abdulai Jalloh
While some sections of the public keep raising questions relating to the date announced yesterday by President for the forthcoming Presidential and Parliamentary elections saying it is outside the 90 day constitutional violation, others are of the view that the President acted in line with the provisions of the constitution.
President Ernest Bai Koroma on the night of February 14th 2017 made an official address in which he declared March 7 2018 as the date for Presidential Elections to be held.
The President’s announcement took the entire nation by surprise since the election date had been a topical issue with the expression of various shades of opinion as individuals banged heads together calling for a date should be the responsibility and mandate of the country’s National Election Commission, whose Chairperson, Nfa Ali Conteh, recently wrote a letter to the President reminding him of the constitutional provisions in relation to the announcement of an election date.
Another strong political heavy weight in the person of Mohamed Kmarainba Mansaray of the Alliance Democratic Party (ADP), many consider to be the tormentor and oppressor of the beleaguered APC Government, inter alia promised to stage a peaceful protest on the 23rd February if an election date is not announced. Kamarainba’s continuous pressure on the APC led Government led Government of President Koroma has given the President sleepless nights as some top APC big guns were also in line with the call of the ADP strongman.
Thought the country’s constitution makes it very clear for announcement of a date for election stating that President Election must be held not later than three months after the end of the five year term of the President, many believe that the President did not go in line with the Constitution. President Koroma was sworn in on the 23rd November 2012.