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‘High court thrashes SLPP case’

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‘High court thrashes SLPP case’


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Delivering his judgment, the presiding judge said that he would not granted any order prayed for, by the plaintiffs, who were seeking the court to nullify the SLPP’s recent sections, chiefdoms, constituencies, districts and executive elections.

He stated that his court would not considered granting an injunction or gave plaintiffs the eleven orders they prayed for on the face of various affidavits, filed to the court by their lawyers, and further noted that both the plaintiffs and the defendants should bear the court cost.

Prior his judgment, Justice Babatunde Edwards, recapitulated the affidavits of all plaintiffs, the first defendant, Chief Somanoh Kapen and the other five defendants, including exhibits that were tendered in evidence during the trial process, stating that counsels representing the plaintiffs and defendants informed the court that they all relied entirely on their clients affidavits, as far as the matter before the court was concerned.

He also recounted the submissions of lead counsel for the plaintiffs, Sulaiman Banja Tejan- Sie that the defendants violated the SLPP 1995 constitution as amended, and the Political Party Registration Commission, PPRC, by using parallel executive lists for conducting the party lower level and executive elections.

Lawyer Sulaiman Banja Tejan Sie had argued that the defendants used the gazetted rules and regulations for conducting the party internal elections, instead of the amended rules and regulations, which were recommended by PPRC’s for conducting the party internal elections.

He further submitted that the gazetted rules and regulations had no legal force and the court should declare constituency elections held in thirty nine constituencies around the country null and void, and to further prevent the party from proceeding with preparations for it national delegate conference.

Justice Edwards further informed audience that lead counsel for the defendants, Umaru Napoleon Koroma had also submitted that the court should not consider plaintiffs’ applications and affidavits serious, as it had no legal grounds and justifications.

 Lawyer Umaru Napoleon Koroma further argued that the gazetted rules and regulations guided the conduct of the SLPP’s recent sections, chiefdoms, constituencies, districts and executive elections, the said gazetted rules and regulations were approved by PPRC, as a non controversial legal instrument for conducting the party’s internal elections.

 He said, the amended rules and regulations the plaintiffs were banking on, had no legal force and it was a proposals that emanated from objections raised by objectors, following the party’s  lower level and executive elections, stressing that  the amended rules and regulations were  never approved by PPRC , neither gazetted or published.

Lawyer Koroma was quoted to having said that the party could not use such document to organize and conduct lower level elections of the SLPP, which was one of the oldest political parties in the West Africa and, therefore he said, the court should dismissed plaintiffs applications forthwith.

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