By: Ilyasa Baa
The newly empowered Political Parties Regulation Commission (PPRC) has warned political parties taking part in the June 24 multi – tier elections not to use abusive songs in their rallies otherwise tough action will be taken against defaulters.
The Director of Trainings and External Relations, Lucien Momoh is pleading with members of the public to be watchful and report with evidences to the Commission whenever a political party takes upon itself to leash provocative songs meant to demean another political party or candidate.
He said they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with four political parties noting that the rules were not meant to be bent as breach of the code of conduct leads to severe punishment. “We can decide to call defaulters to discuss to give them the opportunity to make public apologies or use the law to the letter”, he concluded.
The PPRC has said those political parties that go through the provisions of their constitutions and conduct conventions will be eligible to take part in the elections. The Commission insists that the delegates list presented by the Unity Party was self- manufactured that could not stand the test of time meaning it is not clear whether the party will partake in the elections or not.
The Commission gets vital information from the social media and it has been taking considerable notes to effectively play its watchman role towards the elections.
Meanwhile, social media and even some main stream radio stations have been awash with provocative and abusive songs aiming at President Bio who is going for a second term as flag bearer of the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party.