On Saturday, during the bye-election in Constituency 103 at St Martins, a group of supporters believed to be from the All People’s Congress (APC) clashed with the National Electoral Commission (NEC)’s Station Manager, Dennis Bash Kamara.
At around 12:30 pm, a voter came in to cast her vote. Suddenly an APC supporter came to the queue where the voter was standing and started talking to her. Whilst they were jaw-jawing the station manager for St Martins, Dennis Bash Kamara, came to the scene and advised the APC support to leave the station and told him that he had no right to tell voters whom they should vote for.
This angered the supporter and a quarrel ensued between them.
Local observers and police officers who were there talked to the APC support to leave the place but their efforts were fruitless.
This drew the attention of some APC supporters and some Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) supporters who came to the scene and started arguing bitterly.
This also drew the attention of the police who went to the scene to calm down the situation. But unfortunately the police and the observers were unable as the tension mounted.
The police had to call on Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Pat Betts, who came to the scene and settled the dispute.
Three candidates who contested in 103 were David George During for the People’s Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC), Abdul R Sesay for the SLPP and Badara Alieu Turay for the APC.
Mr Turay has the highest votes.