Albert Massaquoi, NEC Director of Media and External Communications, confirmed that the Commission has officially received the petition filed in the Supreme Court by Olayinka Blyden against the commission among other defendants, on Tuesday 17 April 2018.
Massaquoi added, “The Commission has officially received the said petition and the Commission is set to follow the necessary procedures for commencing with the matter in the Supreme Court.”
In the petition, filed on 9 April 2018, Blyden asked the Supreme Court to overturn the declaration by Nfa Alie Conteh, Chief Electoral Commissioner of NEC, where President Julius Maada Bio was duly elected.
Blyden also challenged the March 2018 guide for polling and counting staff, the counting procedures and the election tallying and result procedures issued by the Commission.
Pursuant to Section 55(1) of the Public Election Act states, “A person who is a citizen of Sierra Leone and has lawfully voted may in a presidential election challenge the validity of that election by petition to the Supreme
Court within seven days after the declaration of the election.”
President Julius Maada Bio, NEC Chair Mohamed Nfa Alie Conteh, NEC officials & Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), all face a petition at Supreme court by Blyden.
Meanwhile, the President and the SLPP are yet to confirm receiving the said petition.