It seems the ruling APC party are not happy with some of the recommendations made in the report for constitutional change, including limiting the powers of the president.
But while that row is still playing out with much uncertainty as to the outcome, there are new fears the ruling APC party may be contemplating delaying the holding of parliamentary and presidential elections in 2018.
Last year, government officials announced that those elections will be held no later than February, 2018. But the exact date is not yet known, and there are doubts the ruling party has officially accepted the February 2018 deadline.
The date set for elections in Sierra Leone is of significance for holders of public office that are contemplating contesting those elections. According to the country’s Constitution, public officials nominated for elections must have vacated their public office at least twelve months prior to the date of the election.
On Monday, 28th November, 2016, the country’s election watchdog – the National Election Watch (NEW) issued a statement, calling on the Electoral Commission to immediately publish the specific dates when the 2018 elections will be held. This is what they said:
NEW is a coalition of civic and non-governmental organizations, operating from 8 Sawi Drive, Off Kingharman Road, Freetown.