The main opposition party, the All People’s Congress (APC), has formally addressed concerns to President Brigadier (Rtd) Dr. Julius Maada Bio regarding recent government actions that they claim undermine the National Unity Agreement of October 18, 2023.

In a letter dated May 2024, the APC leadership highlighted two primary issues: the reappointment of Edmond Sylvester Alpha as the Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone (ECSL) Commissioner for the Southern Region, and the ongoing constitutional review process being conducted by the government.

The APC contends that these actions violate the spirit of the National Unity Agreement and jeopardize the efforts of the Cross-Party Committee on Electoral Systems and Management Bodies Review (Tripartite Committee). The party emphasized that the constitutional review should involve active engagement from political parties, stakeholders, and the general populace, accusing the government of unilaterally amending the 1991 National Constitution without such participation.

The letter referenced the October 2023 National Dialogue, which led to an Agreement for National Unity. At this dialogue, it was understood that any constitutional review would be paused pending the Tripartite Committee’s report, commissioned on November 21, 2023. The APC expressed disappointment that their representatives on the Tripartite Committee were unable to persuade government counterparts to halt the review process.

Furthermore, the APC criticized the reappointment of Edmond Sylvester Alpha, stating it was done without the required consultations with registered political parties, including the APC, as mandated by Section 32 of the 1991 Constitution. The APC argues this lack of consultation violates constitutional provisions and demonstrates the government’s disregard for legal norms.

The APC has requested a meeting with President Bio to discuss these matters and other relevant concerns. The party emphasized the importance of maintaining peace and stability in Sierra Leone and indicated it is considering suitable legal remedies if these issues are not addressed.

The APC concluded the letter by expressing hope for a positive response and reaffirming their commitment to democratic principles and the rule of law.