The acting Chairman of the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) has said at a news conference in Freetown that the political parties are not cooperating with the Commission.
On the issue of records for the update of political finance reporting, Robert Sheku Abdulai the political finance officer (PPRC) disclosed that the political parties are not doing well at all in submitting in writing to the commission a declaration of their assets and liabilities, income and expenditure. He said the political parties are not treating the commission seriously except for NDA.
He disclosed that the APC supported 476 candidates, but the party only reported on 117. NDA party supported 6 candidates and they reported on all 6; PMDC supported 227 candidates and they only reported on 12. For the SLPP 402 candidates were supported by the party but they only reported on 43.
With these facts he said the political parties are not working with the commission.
He added that the PPRC is very important in this society, stating that the bye-election is on the 10th of January 2009 and they have only heard from the NDA and half of APC. He disclosed that the SLPP took some reports to him yesterday but he refused to collect them because they were not signed pointing out that according to the constitution the report should be signed by the Secretary General before handing over.
He further disclosed that the results are very slow and they have made a regulation which is now with the cabinet and which the commission wants to become a law, and where they are given the right to take decision.
By Emmanuella Kallon