The three Appeal Court judges were, justice Reginald Fynn, Justice Alusine Sesay and Justice Allan Halloway, and that the Thursday 29 June 2017, court orders stated that the court never ordered the Sierra Leone Peoples Party to rerun zonal, section and chiefdom elections in the thirty nine contested constituencies.
According to the centre judge, Justice Reginald Fynn who read out the orders in respect of a contempt proceedings prayed for, by the applicant appellants on their affidavit dated 23 June 2017, intimated that the previous orders of the court stated that Sierra Leone People’s Party should only rerun elections in thirty nine constituencies, and not lower level elections.
He made it crystal cleared that counsels for the applicant appellants and the defendant respondents interpreted the previous orders of the Appeal Court differently, adding that they should have requested the court for more interpretations of the orders granted, so as to avoid future court actions and infighting among members of the party.
Justice Fynn furthered that there was a strange insincerity by the Sierra Leone People’s Party to have expelled the applicant appellants, a day after judgment was delivered by the Appeal Court, and stressed that the party should forget about conducting lower level elections, and concentrate on elections in the thirty nine constituency only, as ordered by the court.
‘The Sierra Leone Peoples Party should not hold any zonal, section chiefdom elections in the thirty nine constituencies, and the decision by the party national executive council to expel the applicant appellants from the party was aggressive and unacceptable , as a result of the previous orders of the court’ Justice Fynn asserted.
Counsel for the applicants, Suleiman Banja Tejan Sie had earlier prayed for the appeal court to declare the recent zonal, section and chiefdom elections of the Sierra Leone People’s Party, held in thirty constituencies, were in contempt of the Appeal Court orders, and that the court should also grant an injunction on the ongoing zonal, section and chiefdom elections in thirty nine constituencies.
Lawyer Banja Tejan Sie told the court that the lower elections of the Sierra Leone People’s Party abrogated and circumvented the Appeal Court orders at the previous court proceedings , and further submitted for an injunction on the party, so that it would discontinue with the ongoing lower level elections.
Whilst, counsel for the defendant respondents countered that the zonal, section and chiefdom elections of the Sierra Leone People’s Party held in various party of country, on 28 June 2017, were conducted in full compliance with the previous Appeal Court orders.
He concluded the last court order gave the Sierra Leone People’s Party the okay to rerun elections in thirty nine constituencies , that were challenged in court by the applicant appellants, but that there was no way the party could rerun thirty nine constituencies, without conduction zonal, section and chiefdom elections.