The Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) has expressed frustration over the non submission of political parties’ financial reports in implementing some of its proposed programmes in preparation for the forthcoming local council elections.
A press conference was yesterday organised at the PPRC’s Freetown headquarters to express its disappointment over the failure of some political parties to submit their annual financial reports, names of external auditors and the pre-election financial report within a timeframe spelt out in the statutory documents mentioned earlier.
The commissioner of the Commission, Raymond Roland Caesar, lamented that only two political parties had compiled, namely PMDC and NDA, while the SLPP and APC were yet to submit their reports.
Commissioner Caesar also disclosed that the parties were challenging the Political Parties Act and violating the constitution, he added that the commission would no longer sit by to see any political party undermine the hard earned democracy.
He strongly warned the political parties and the general public that the commission had the mandate to issue regulations and institute sanctions on defaulting parties as stipulated in the constitution in accordance with sections 35(3)of the 1991 constitution and 20(3-6), 25 (3) of the political parties Act, 2002