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Sierra Leone News: AG’s absence defers Nomination Fees Order before Parliament

AG. Joseph KamaraNeither the Attorney General nor his Deputy were in Parliament yesterday, Tuesday 12 September 2017, to present the nomination fees for presidential candidates, Members of Parliament, Members of Local Council and Village Headmen, Order 2017.
The Nomination Fees Order 2017 for candidates is an important process that must be debated and passed by Parliament before it can be forwarded to the National Electoral Commission (NEC) for implementation.
Women aspirants are demanding for a waiver of all candidature fees for aspiring women. Such a request cannot and will not be acted upon if the Nomination Fees Order 2017 is not scrutinized and passed into law by the House of Parliament.
Speaking in the Well of Parliament, the Leader of the House and Government Business, Hon. Leonard F. Fofanah, informed Members and the Speaker that he neither heard nor saw the Attorney General and his Deputy, who are supposed to lay the Order before the House for the necessary actions.
The Speaker of the House, Hon. S.B.B. Dumbuya maintained, “In that case, the said document cannot be laid. The laying of it is accordingly deferred.” He noted, Parliament should not be taken for granted.               AMK/12/9/17
By Alhaji M. Kamara
Wednesday September 13, 2017.

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