The Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) has disclosed that only three political parties have submitted part report on their post-election financial statuses.
Explaining to the press over the weekend at the PPRC’s Liverpool Street office, Sandi Campbell, a political finance officer, disclosed that the seven political parties should present their financial reports to the commission 60 days after the declaration of the final results.
He said there was a deadline of November 30 for the submission of all reports but as of now only the Convention People’s Party, the National Democratic Alliance and the United National People’s Party had submitted theirs.
Explaining about the four political parties that have not yet complied, he said the People’s Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) wrote a letter to the commission requesting for an extension to December 21 and the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) promised to submit theirs last Friday.
He said much response was not received from the Peace and Liberation Party (PLP) whilst the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) gave an excuse that its offices were vandalized but promised to work speedily to present theirs.
The commissioner of the PPRC, Roland Ade Caesar, said section 19 of the PPRC Act spoke about the sources of fund of political parties to be limited to contributions by Sierra Leone voters.
He said all political parties should abide by the Act and urged all the parties to speedily present their reports to the commission.
The registrar of the PPRC, Kemoh Mansaray, said they as a commission did not only have the mandate to register political parties but to monitor their conducts and accountability to the electorates.
“As the law requires before the elections all political parties must submit to the commission their assets and liability which they complied with, and we are asking them now as the Act provides to present 60 days after the elections to tell us their expenditure,” he said.