The Leader of the main opposition of the House of Parliament of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Hon. Chernor Ramadan Maju Bah and the party’s National Secretary General, Alhaji Ambassador Dr Osman Foday Yansanneh have condemned moves by government and Statistics Sierra Leone gear towards conducting the widely criticised min-term census.
Speaking a video shared on social media the APC Leader in Parliament described the rushed continuing cartographic mapping and the National Civil Registration processes as inaccurate and are not in line with what the laws of the country.
“We have said it times without number as opposition parties that we are always willing and ready to support the government as a government in waiting and partners in development in doing what is right for the country but it is difficult and impossible for us to support the mid-term census,” he said, adding; ”cartography can’t be done in two to three weeks.
He recalled that the last cartography that took place in 2014-2015, were done within twelve months, reiterating that GPS will not be accurate as one could imagine.
The APC Leader said Section 2 of the Census Act is very clear on the fact that before the president makes any pronouncement on census he must have advice from the minister and must come to parliament because it has to be done with constitutional instrument.
He furthered that Section 127 is also clear that whenever there is a constitutional instrument it must come to parliament for it validity, adding that there is no constitutional instrument before the House to confirm that the process should have been commenced, and therefore observed that all what has been happening are completely out of place.
He said the president has been ill-advised on the conduction of the mind-term census thus called on the president to rethink, revert to the books, urging presidential advisers to guide the president properly to be doing things the right way by way of strictly following procedures as required by the laws of the country. The opposition MP thus called on President Julius Maada Bio go back to the books.
Addressing a bye-election campaign rally at Peacock Farm Wellington in the east of Freetown, the APC National Secretary General, Ambassador Dr Alhaji Osman Foday Yansanneh in a similar vein informed that the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLLP) led government has pushed the APC against the wall.
“They have pushed against the wall…up till now we are of the feeling threats trying to deprive us from winning the elections come 2023, through their diabolic plans with the rouge and unconstitutional mid-term census, the non-partisan local council elections and the cybercrime bill they are trying to imposed on us. But we are going to win the elections in 2023,” he said.
Amb. Yansanneh warned that if these continue the APC will resist and tell them that the APC owns the entire country, adding that twelve other progressive opposition political parties have teamed up to remove the dictatorship SLPP rule from office come 2023.
The APC Scribe among other issues recalled the hijacking of the Speakership position of Parliament from the part and the illegal removal of tem eminent APC Members of Parliament from the House, which the main opposition kept the peace for. He added the APC also kept the peace even when the SLPP government continue to kill people in several communities across the country.
“We cannot continue to keep the peace while they are not peaceful and are bent on making sure that they steal the election from us but the APC is going to win the election come 2023,” he reassured all.
It could be recalled that a Consortium of Progressive Political Parties, had recently made their position clear on the mid-term census, the cybercrime bill and the non-partisan local council election during a news conference held at the APC national secretariat on Old Railway Line, Brookfields in Freetown. The consortium called on all to boycott the mid-term census and described it as unconstitutional.