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Le 150,000 For UNPP Symbol

15 June 2007 at 03:33 | 390 views

By Sorie Sudan Sesay, Freetown.

With nominations for aspirants vying for Parliamentary
seats set for July 2, 2007, the executive of the
United National People Party (UNPP) have requested
aspirants intending to vie for party symbols to pay
the sum of Le 150,000 (one hundred and fifty
thousand), an equivalent of US$50.

UNPP is perhaps the fourth largest political party in
the country after the ruling Sierra Leone People’s
Party (SLPP), the opposition All People’s Congress
(APC) and the People’s Movement for Democratic Change

The party’s National Treasurer, M. Kumbu-Smart,
confirmed in an interview with the Patriotic Vanguard at
his Goderich Street office that the amount was
decided at a meeting of party executives, after
considering the economic hiccups in the country.
Kumbu-Smart said that his party is not at competing,
nor imitating other political parties on the cost of
their party symbol, an apparent reference to both
the SLPP and the APC whose party symbols are priced at
Le500,000 (five hundred thousand leones) respectively.

Meanwhile UNPP founder Dr. John Karefa-Smart has refused to recognize the current UNPP leadership in Freetown headed by Abdul Kady Karim. The octogenarian Karefa-Smart, who resides in the United States, says he is still UNPP leader although he is said to have retired from politics.

Photos: Karefea-Smart,left and Abdul Kady Karim, right.