PR System judgment today!!

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The High Court of Sierra Leone has issued a final judgment notice on the Proportional Representation matter between Hon. Abdul Kargbo, Councilor Hakiratu Maxwell-Caulker and the Electoral Commission Sierra Leone (ECSL) presides by the Chief Justices of Sierra Leone.

The final Judgment of this matter will hold on Friday January 27 2023 at the Law Court Building on Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown.

It could be recalled that the Chief Electoral Commissioner Mohamed Konneh, who acted under the directive of the President, announced the used of the District block system in the next coming general elections.

It was under this condition the Leader of the main opposition All Peoples’ Congress in parliament, Hon. Chernor Maju Bah stated in a press release dated 24 October, 2022, that the conditions for Proportional Representative system do not exist as per the Sierra Leone Constitution.

Hon. Bah said an attempt by the Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone (ECSL) to conduct next year’s multi-tier elections using the District Block and Proportional Representation (PR) system would be a serious constitutional breach that will significantly reverse the gains made in strengthening democracy in post-war Sierra Leone.

“Before proceeding any further, I must make it very clear that if this decision by the President to use the P.R system in 2023 Parliamentary elections is not reversed in two weeks, I will not hesitate to call the people of Sierra Leone out to protest across the length and breadth of the country to demand that the decision is reversed,” he writes.

It was under these circumstances the Sierra Leone main opposition party legal team sued the Chief Electoral Commission (ECSL) to the High Court of Sierra Leone

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