The Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) has strategized and made their recommendations to government and donors that might enable them to bark and bite.
The Commissions recommendations came after they took a nation wide conflict resolution and mediation forum in the 14 districts after violence broke out between the APC and SLPP after the council elections.
The Commission explained to the press yesterday that they were utterly dissatisfied over the wanton acts of violence and the high spirit of intolerance exhibited by both the SLPP and APC.
The commission stated that they made it abundantly clear that the conflicts were intolerable and undermines the principles of democracy and good governance and that which might further destroy the good image of the country.
The PPRC Ag chairman R.A Caesar reacted when he was asked whether his commission was a toothless bull dog that “Rome was not built in a day, we are partners in development and much haste less speed. “Be patient with us as we have put our strategy before government and our donors”.
The Commission recommended the organization of a monthly inter party dialogue forum in the 14 electoral districts to be complemented by the district monitoring committees to have offices in all the districts.
The most pressing need of the commission was to sought increased funding from the government and other agencies in order to empower women and the youths so also to engage in sensitizing the populace at chiefdom level on what the code of conduct was actually about.
They advised that all political parties should keep children away from politics and engage the youths meaningfully and to popularize the code of conduct and no interference in to any criminal matter that may be under police investigation. In that case they said more magistrates and judges should be appointed to deal with matters promptly.
During one of their visits to Kono, the commission explained that they found out from the people that the traditional authorities were responsible for some of the violence. The chiefs were called upon to give a level playing field to all political parties.
By Ishmael Bayoh