By Abdul Kabba-(Sec-Gen-CSL)…….
On April 11, 2017 Francis Ben Kaifala, the Special Legal Counsel of Concerned Sierra Leoneans (CSL) together with Mr. Adrian Fisher, Mr. Kevin Metzger, Mr. M. Alieu Iscandari and Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai filed an injunction against the National Electoral Commission (NEC) for its failure to provide adequate facilities for Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora to vote and also for NEC to extend the registration period to make it possible for all Sierra Leoneans at home and abroad to exercise their right to vote without encumbrance or unnecessary obstacles. The high Court of Sierra Leone has scheduled a hearing on the matter on the 18th day of April 2017.
I, Abdul Kabba and Abibatu Bangura are the current named plaintiffs on behalf of all Concerned Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora who would like to exercise their constitutional right to participate in the upcoming elections and make their vote count in choosing the next president and members of Parliament of the republic of Sierra Leone.
The injunction was deemed necessary as the NEC failed to respond to our letters and petition requesting that reasonable accommodation be made for all Sierra Leoneans at home and abroad to be able to exercise our constitutional right to vote.
Now that the case has been filed any Sierra Leonean who would like to be a plaintiff in the case can have their names added to the list of plaintiffs before the case is heard on the 18th of April 2017. If you are interested in becoming a named plaintiff in the case please contact me for more details by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contacting me via Facebook of WHATSAPP.
It is very important for all interested Sierra Leoneans to participate in this process and become a member of Concerned Sierra Leoneans regardless of political party affiliation. So please continue to sign the petition, contribute to the cause and/or join us as a member of Concerned Sierra Leoneans.
Concerned Sierra Leoneans
*About Concerned Sierra Leoneans Inc.*
Concerned Sierra Leoneans Inc., (CSL) is an organization that was founded spontaneously in the aftermath of the alleged embezzlement of Ebola Funds, the unpopular sacking of the Vice President of Sierra Leone by the President of Sierra Leone, which required interpretation of the constitution by the Supreme Court and various other alleged human, civil rights and constitutional abuses. President Ernest Bai Koroma’s perceived disregard and disdain of our constitution and the rule of law and the threat his administration potentially posed to our weak and fledgling democracy made it necessary for Concerned Sierra Leoneans to formerly organize as an advocate for a better Sierra Leone.
Concerned Sierra Leoneans is dedicated to advocate for the growth, development and stabilization of Sierra Leone within the parameters of, and in adherence to, our constitution, the rule of law, good governance, transparency, probity and accountability. To ensure that any national government of Sierra Leone, regardless of political party affiliation, will respect, preserve and protect the constitution; protect and promote human rights; remain accountable to the people; strengthen our democracy and work to eliminate corruption. In short, Concerned Sierra Leoneans assumes the awesome responsibility of serving as the voice of the people, and commits itself to raising the people’s voice whenever their human rights are trampled upon; whenever democracy and good governance are deviated from; and whenever the constitution is violated.
Concerned Sierra Leoneans believes that for our democracy to succeed we need to have a strong and independent Judiciary, a Parliament that stringently represents the interests of the people and is answerable to the people, an executive that abides by and protects our constitution and law enforcement agencies that respect the basic human rights, civil rights, freedom from persecution, freedom of the press and other rights protected by our constitution.
*“The people’s government, made for the people, made by the people, and answerable to the people.” Daniel Webster*