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Deadline Expires For Parliamentary Aspirants

26 June 2007 at 21:04 | 366 views

By Jonathan Leigh.

Tuesday (today) was the deadline for political parties to
submit to the National Electoral Commission names of
aspirants intending to contest the August 11
Parliamentary election.

24 hours to the expiration of the deadline, National
Electoral Commission Outreach and Public Affairs
Officer, Miatta French disclosed that none of the
parties had complied but was certain they would do so
by the close of business on the last day.

The Secretary General of the two major parties; Jacob
Jusu Saffa of the ruling SLPP and Victor Bockarie Foh
of the APC gave an undertaking that they were going to
beat the deadline.

Last night, Foh confirmed he had submitted 112 names
of aspirants to NEC. Included in the party’s list for
parliamentary seats is their leader and Presidential
candidate, Ernest Bai Koroma(photo) who is currently a parliamentarian and leader of the opposition in parliament.

Miatta French says they are working on a very busy and
tight schedule and after the submission of the list,
it would be forwarded to all the twelve districts
where nominations will be conducted on July 2 after
which the ballot papers will be printed in a country abroad. She did not name the country .