The National Electoral Commission in Sierra Leone has announced that it will delay the impending elections by two weeks. Instead of July 28th, the elections will now take place on August 11th 2007. According to the Electoral Commission the delay “will give them enough time to organise the poll, including obtaining all nominations and printing ballot papers. Parliament will be dissolved on 26 June.”
On the one hand, I think it is a wise decision to postpone the elections if holding it on July 28th means that they will be flawed. Also if this is a decision that the National Electoral Commission is making independent of the current SLPP regime then postponing the elections is the right thing to do.
But what does this postponement mean to the political parties. Can two weeks make a difference to a political campaign? i dont think so….It would be helpful to know where the APC party and the PMDC stand on the new election date.
We’re all hoping that this is not a tactic by the current regime to delay the process. we’ll see what happens from here on out.
WILL FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS HAPPEN IN SIERRA LEONE THIS YEAR?? I DEFINITLEY HOPE SO!!!