The Political Parties Registration Commission PPRC on Thursday resolved the impasse between the National Electoral Commission NEC and eight registered Political Parties on the nomination fees.
It can be recalled that after the announcement of nomination fees by NEC, the Sierra Leone Peoples Party, Peoples Democratic Party, National Democratic Alliance, Citizens Democratic Party, Peace and Liberation Party, Peoples Democratic Party, United National Peoples Party collectively signed an agreement in protest against the fees.
PRESIDENT KOROMA : MOVES TO AVERT BOYCOTT OF ELECTIONS OVER FEES
The settlement was reached after a meeting with President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma at State House. The meeting which was organised by the Chairman of the Political Parties Registration Commission Hon Justice E.M. Tholla Thompson brought together leaders of the ten registered Political Parties, Commissioners and Staff of PPRC, the Acting Speaker of Parliament, the Clerk of Parliament and the Chairperson of NEC.
Addressing the meeting, President Koroma advised that the Political Parties paid the nomination fees paid in 2007 and Government will subsidies the rest. He says this will be done to ensure that everyone participate in the 2012 elections and for peace and the furtherance of democracy in Sierra Leone.
In her statement, the Chairperson of NEC, Dr, Christiana Thorpe informed leaders of Political Parties that the nomination process will continue on Friday 14th September 2012.