APC Decries Neglect Of Cases At Courts, Declares ‘Vote Of No Confidence’ On Judiciary

Sierra Leone’s main opposition party, All People’s Congress (APC) has accused the Sierra Leone Judiciary of neglecting and deliberately not assigning several of its cases filed before the courts.

This comes as the Court of Appeal in Sierra Leone fixed February for the hearing of appeal filed by ten members of parliament who were removed from parliament on the 31st May, 2019.

The parliament members who were dissatisfied with the judgement of the high court on their removal from parliament had filed an appeal at the Court of Appeal, but their cases was not assigned for hearing until eight (8) months later.

While accusing the Judiciary of violating the rights of the parliament members and denying its members access to justice, the All People’s congress described the move by the Judiciary as continual disregard for the rule of law, high handedness and injustice meted out on its party.

In a statement signed on Friday by Osman Yansaneh, the party’s National Secretary General, the APC said that the Judiciary has refused and/or neglected to assign many of the other cases the party had filed before it.

“What has happened to the Presidential Election Petitions filed to the Supreme Court by Dr. Samura Kamara and Others: and Dr. Sylvia Blyden? What has happened to our parliamentary petitions filed against SLPP MPS from the southern region?

“What has happened to the application filed by our lawyers to the Supreme Court relating to the interpretation of Section 78 (2) on the determination by the High Court of election petitions within four months from their commencement?

“What has again happened to the multiple Supreme Court applications questioning the COI for the lack of rules that ought to have been formulated according to Section 150 of the 1991 Constitution?”, the APC queried in its statement.

While declaring a vote of no confidence of the Sierra Leone Journey, the party promised to inform Sierra Leoneans on its next line of action.

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