The High Court of Sierra Leone is set to hear the case between the All People’s Congress (APC) and the Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone (ECSL) and others.
The case will be brought before the honorable court on Wednesday, July 5, 2023, at 10:30 am, according to a notice signed by the court Registrars.
The APC, one of Sierra Leone’s prominent political parties, has taken legal action against the Electoral Commission and various other entities.
The specifics of the case have not been disclosed, but it is believed to center around allegations of electoral malpractice and procedural irregularities in the just concluded elections.
However, in a statement issued yesterday, the main opposition party, announced that they will not seek redress in court, citing a lack of faith in the country’s judiciary.
This new development by the APC is in negation with what the former Secretary General of the Interim Governance and Transition Committee (ITGC), Abdul Kargbo said in a radio interview about a week ago. Kargbo said the party will challenge the election results in court.
According to Sierra Leone’s law, the APC is mandated to challenge the result within six days of its announcement. The results were announced last Tuesday by the Chief Electoral Commissioner, Mohamed Konneh, declaring the re-election of President Julius Maada Bio in the first ballot. However, the APC, presidential candidate, Samura Kamara was quick to denounce the results, citing irregularities in the tabulation process of the results. Some local and international observers also shared similar sentiments.
This legal battle has garnered significant attention and raised concerns about the integrity and transparency of Sierra Leone’s electoral processes.