Joseph Kamara, Attorney General and Minister of Justice has been exposed in Parliament by NEC’s Nfa Alie Conteh for not tabling certain instruments legitimizing the 2018 electioneering process, and by extension creating room for an extension of time for President Koroma and Parliament respectively.
The revelation came just when Parliament summoned country’s Chief Electoral Commissioner Nfa Alie Coneth Monday 3rd at Committee Room No 1, Parliament Building, Tower Hill.
Making clear his position for tabling a motion on the current electoral process, Hon. Sualiho Monyamba Koroma said “I have moved the motion to enable Parliament debate statutory instruments presented by office of the Attorney General on 16th March 2017.”
He said that there are number of issues accompanying statutory instruments 43, 44, 45 and 46, noting nonetheless that section 38 (4) gives NEC the powers to review boundaries not less than five years and not more than seven years.
“NEC did not comply with sections 38 (5), for this reason, Parliament has to approve boundary delimitation before any commencement of voter registration,” Hon. Suahilo said.
He insists his motion has got no business with the elections timeline.
Hon Bernadette Lahai, Minority Leader, supported the two SLPP MPs, claiming that the movers of the motion are very clear about the constitutional breach.
“At all times, NEC has presented to this house, maybe through the Attorney General, the bill for the delineation of constituencies. Until and unless those processes were adhered to, the next stage would not have been done,” Bernadette Lahai mentioned.
Relying on two documents of the National Electoral Commission, she continued, NEC should have come with the bill to parliament before the commencement of registration.
Hon Chernor Bah, Deputy Speaker Sierra Leone House of Parliament said ‘if the boundary delimitation bill is not approved by Parliament, then the registration is questionable.’
NEC’s Nfa Alie agreed with what the Parliamentarians said but blamed the Office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, noting that they have submitted all legal documents to the said office way last year for onward submission to Parliament.
He however said that they want to go ahead with the election in March 2018.
Asked about the way forward, the Deputy Justice Minister Harrow Boackarie claimed his institution has submitted all the documents to Parliament.
Whether Parliament will go ahead with the motion or not, is a matter of wait and see as they are expected to meet today 4th April to decide the fate of the country.