The national executive of the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) and representatives of the petitioners are due to meet today with officials of the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) at the commission’s headquarters in Freetown to determine the outcome of the complaints, concerns and petitions lodged by mostly supporters of the former UNIDO boss, Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella.
The campaign outfit of Dr. Yumkella, the KKY Movement in January wrote to the PPRC indicating its readiness to petition the rules and regulations which the National Executive Council (NEC) in its January meeting in Freetown had overwhelmingly endorsed.
A total of seventeen complaints, concerns and petitions received by the PPRC were later forwarded to the SLPP leading to the postponement of the lower level elections due to have been held in mid January.
Global Times sources indicated that the national executive of the SLPP formally responded to those petitions, concerns and complaints last month based on the recommendations of a sub committee, headed by the Deputy National Chairman/Leader, Dr. Prince Alex Harding.
A source at the PPRC told Global Times in an interview in February that in coming to a determination with regards the petitions against the rules and regulations, the commission will be concerned mostly with legality or illegality of what is before them. “We don’t make rules for political parties, we only regulate their conduct. Principally, we ensure they (political parties) conform to democratic norms and that also means operating within the ambit of their constitutions and the national constitution”, a PPRC source says.
Many SLPP supporters hope today’s meeting will clear what many believe is the last huddle to peace in an opposition party that is beset with nauseating and futile political squabbles.