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Sierra Leone News: Prince Harding wins SLPP Chair with 406 votes

Prince Harding

Prince Harding

The National Executive elections for the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) started on Saturday evening and lasted until about 5:30 a.m. on Monday morning at the Trinity Hall in Kenema. There were 647 delegates in all and many were dressed in Party green colours.
At the end of the two-days elections, Prince Harding, former Deputy Chairman and Leader of the Party, emerged victorious with 406 votes. His contender, Morie Komba Manyeh, pulled 185 votes. Nathaniel Sandy who was supposed to be the third candidate pulled out of the race after his declaration.
The result for the other national officers include; for Deputy Chairman and Leader, Umaru Dumbuya won with 331 votes over Christian Andrew Leigh with 258 votes.
Five people contested for National Secretary General but Umaru Napoleon Koroma emerged on top with 331 votes.
Women’s Leader was won by Fatmata Sawaneh with 342 votes defeating Emma Kowa who pulled 254 votes.
Dr J.B. Rogers went unopposed for the position of National Financial Secretary. Martha Kanago was elected National Treasurer. Lahai Lawerence Leeme won the position of Publicity Secretary. Legal Advisers include Anthony Brewa, Hindolo Moiwo Gevao, Jusu Kallon and Eke Ahmed Halloway as they all went unopposed.
The contest was initially thought to be a tight race for Chairman and Leader. Before the ballots were counted, supporters of Prince Harding, began jubilating. After his win, Prince Harding said the contest was intense between them but it was friendly and he had never had confrontations or never a time they exchanged words. “This is a trademark of real SLPP politicians. We have gone through our campaign and have ended under one roof of which God destined me to be the winner”. He assured supporters, “Prince Harding while campaigning for the position of chairman and leader, is quite different as I have taken the mantle of leadership in the positive sense.”
“Over the months there has been several defections by members of the Party to join other parties,” the chairman elect said. “I will bring on board everyone that wants to come on board. The Party is big but every key position should be occupied by one person at a time. So there are so much opportunities for us all.”
A delegate from Kono, a supporter of Morie Manyeh, said she is not satisfied with the whole process – from the preparation stage to the elections day. And the only the party will gain its glory is when his candidate [Manyeh] would have won because he is a unifier.
Lucien Momoh, Outreach Coordinator of Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC), said, they have been monitoring the process since it started on Friday and that the conduct of the elections should be done in accordance with the PPRC Act of 2002 and the Constitution of Sierra Leone.
He said on Friday an issue was brought up about the absence of the chairman but the Party’s whip in Parliament put forward a resolution that the meeting be chaired by the deputy chairman and leader and so a decision was taken.
He said the entire process was peaceful and that there was no objection from the election of the Chaplin to that of the chairman. Stating that he is optimistic that with the transparency of the process members will not go the court or PPRC for redress.
BM/18/9/17
By Betty Milton
Tuesday September 19, 2017.

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