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APC PROTEST SLPP VOTER REGISTRATION TACTIC

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

According to diplomatic sources, the APC has sent a letter of protest to the National Electoral Commission (NEC) over what they consider to be the parallel registration of voters by the opposition SLPP. The letter dated 31st January, 2012 and signed by Mr. Leonard Balogun Koroma, APC National Elections Coordinator, was also distributed to diplomatic missions on Friday, February 10, 2012 in what observers view as an attempt to blunt recent inroads made by the SLPP in endearing themselves to the diplomatic corps.

According to an opposition source, who did not want to disclose their identity because they have not been cleared to comment on the issue, “…this is a blatant attempt to divert international attention from the ongoing impact which the last two SLPP releases on Schulenberg (former UN Rep) and the use of ex-combatants to intimidate opponents, has had on the global image of the APC government. It is clearly an attempt to neutralize the APC’s growing negative perception in diplomatic circles with its own counter claim”.

Attempts to reach the APC for a comment via their National Elections Coordinator have not been fruitful, but hopefully we will hear from them so we can publish their take on the issue. Meanwhile, it is spurious that this letter was not released publicly; as should be the case in such matters, hence the growing credence to the opposition SLPP’s claim that this is a divisionary tactic.

According to our sources, the letter is asking for the NEC to stop the SLPP from what it described as “parallel registration’ of voters because SLPP workers are simultaneously recording information of every voter during the registration process. The SLPP source stated that it is within their right to do this and will continue to do so. He elaborated further that this is part of their aggressive “trust, but verify” strategy in the upcoming general elections. While they trust the NEC, the SLPP will like to keep their own voter registration database to guard against any potential election fraud by the government. Furthermore, as a political party, they want to keep the contact information of all voters if possible, so they can canvass them individually or as a group, for their votes.

This is an aggressive move by the opposition to maintain such a database and send a clear message that they intend to contest these elections in every corner of the country, including the so called traditional APC base in the North and West. According to my political analysis, this is a smart move by the SLPP especially since the APC won by a very narrow margin the last time and only prevailed because of the existence of a third party (Margai’s PMDC) that split the Mende vote in the first ballot.

Please stay tuned for an upcoming special comment on how this constant political infighting is distracting us from the development of the country.




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Prof. Sheikh Umarr Kamara at Virginia State University has created a list of Proverbs from his most famous book, Things Fall Apart
 
1. He who brings kola brings life.
2. Proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten.
3. The sun will shine on those who stand before it shines on those who kneel under them.
4. If a child washed his hands he could eat with Kings.
5. When the moon is shining the cripple becomes hungry for a walk.
6. A man who pays respect to the great paves the way for his own greatness.
7. A toad does not run in the daytime for nothing.
8. An old woman is always uneasy when dry bones are mentioned in a proverb.
9. Looking at a King’s mouth, one would think he never sucked at his mother’s breast
10. When a man says yes, his chi says yes also.
11. A chick that will grow into a cock can be spotted the very day it hatches.
12. A child’s fingers are not scalded by a piece of hot yam which its mother puts into its palm.
13. If I fall down for you and you fall down for me, it is play.
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