One of Sierra Leone’s opposition parties in the 2018 elections, Unity Party, has taken the Political Parties Regulation Commission (PPRC) to court for stopping them in participating in this year’s elections.

The PPRC in a letter on 6th April 2023 barred the party from participating in the 2023 elections.

Counsel for the party, Lawyer C. D Davies argued that the suspension by the PPRC on 6 April be set aside because he believed that his client was working within the ambit of the PPRC Code of Conduct.

The lawyers added that the PPRC falsely accused the Unity Party of failing to conduct ward, constituency, district and national elections. He affirmed that they did.

Lawyer J.J. Campbell for the PPRC responded that the party missed the actual court for which they should submitted their case. He argued that the High Court is not the right court for such an appeal but rather the Supreme Court.

He argued that the Constitution gave directives that such matters be heard at the Supreme Court while also asking for the application be struck out with a fine of NLe 100,000.

Presiding judge, Justice Adrian Fisher prodded lawyer for the complainant to amend their appeal and file it to the court by today.

The matter is set to come up again on Wednesday.