The chairperson of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) Christiana Thorpe has said President Koroma was ill-advised on Election Day to move around from one polling station to another.
Madam Thorpe was reacting to a question asked by the BBC correspondent, Umaru Fofana yesterday at NEC’s post election press conference at the British council on whether the President and her wife moving around on elections day was intimidating or proper. The NEC boss answered that the President and her wife being the first gentleman and woman in the country have the right to move around but said that even though they have the right to move more so to where they were supposed to vote, the President was ill- advised to have moved around with the first lady on polling day from station to station. On that same polling day, the SLPP Secretary General, Jacob Jusu Saffa commented on the moving around of the President, first lady some ministers and Members of Parliament as intimidating in some form. The SLPP secretary general condemned the President for that act.Later on Sunday, the national Elections Watch (NEW) chairman Ngolo Katta too observed that the moving around by the President was not proper. But Information Minister Ibrahim Ben-Kargbo said over the BBC that there was nothing wrong for the President to move around on polling day stating further that he had no other intention. By Ishmael Bayoh