The National Election Watch (NEW) has confirmed that the last Saturday March 9th re-run bye-election of ward 196 at TonkoLimba was not free from electoral fraud.
Given irregularities and other electoral malpractices that were observed by NEW during the just concluded re-run bye-elections at TonkoLimba, the National Election Watch (NEW) has demanded that the Chairperson of the National Electoral Commission (NEC),N’FaAlieConteh should answer questions or better still explain to the people of Sierra Leone what went wrong.
NEW observed that NEC officials issued ballot papers which were both marked as 2018 and 2019 for the same election; that political party agent’s raised issues of over voting; that sensitive ballot papers were in the possession of some voters before the election and other concerns.
“At centre 08060, polling station 04 were in excess and at centre 08056, station 3, Kagbonkoh, a voter who was identified as MomohSamura was caught with six (6) pre-marked and stamped ballot papers inside the polling station and was handed to the police,” NEW stated.
“All six (6) ballot papers were marked in favour of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP),” NEW confirmed.
According to NEW, their recommendations to the Electoral Management Bodies (EMB) after the Ward 196 September bye-election, which was cancelled due to violence, were ignored by EMB.
Chairperson of NEW, Marcella Samba Sesay stated that practices of this nature will continue to derail the democracy which some of them are fighting to uphold.