Leader of the Opposition in the House of Parliament, Hon. Chernor Maju Bah, aka Chericoco, has requested that the National Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone and the Office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice provide a soft copy of the ‘The Public Elections Act 2022’ for public consumption.
The Public Elections Act 2022 was extensively debated on Tuesday, 21 June 2022, in the Well of Parliament in Freetown.
Speaking to the media, the leader said as opposition they are firm in their decision that the proportional representation system is undemocratic and will not stand the test of time in a modern day democracy.
He said the Bill in other aspects is good but the public need to preview it, and as MPs they are not supporting any Bill that is not in the public’s interest.
According to Hon. Bah, there is no need to introduce the proportional representation system, adding that the government and the nation need strong institutions to man constituency elections.
He cited that America, Ghana and even neighbouring Liberia are all using constituency elections but no violence erupts during the electioneer process.
Mr Bah said the position of the opposition is that the PR system is not democratic and they will not support it in any way.
The Public Election Act 2022 seeks to repeal and replace the Public Election Act 2022 (Act No.4 of 2012) to provide for supplementary provisions to sections 32 and 33 of the Constitution of Sierra Leone 1991 (Act No. 6 of 1991).