The Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) has commenced a National Inter-Party Dialogue with the theme, “Elections are over; Let’s Join Hands To Make Sierra Leone A Beautiful Place For All”.
The event brought together political party operatives from the respective regions to dialogue and chart the way forward on national cohesion and development and create a sense of national unity. It is hoped that the forum will also create a platform for political party membership and supporters to design the way forward in ensuring peace and political stability in the country.
The PPRC holds the view that Inter-party dialogue is an effective tool that would enhance peace and political stability.
Speaking to NewsWatch, the Acting Registrar of PPRC, Mrs. Zainab Moseray said that the Political Parties Act No. 3 of 2002 came into existence as a result of the Constitutional provision for the establishment of the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) as contained in section 34 & 35 of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone adding that the Political Parties Act of 2002 further state the mandate of the Commission is not only limited to the registration of political parties but as well as monitoring and supervision of the activities of political parties, in tandem with the terms and condition of their registration and other statutory laws.
She said the Commission observed that in the 2018 electioneering period, political party operatives, members and supporters were involved in series of Inter-party disputes, which to a large extent increased the spate of political conflict and heightened violence, adding that members and supporters of the political parties were intimidated and in some instances physically attacked on the basis of differences in party ideology, tribe and region.
“The Commission has observed an increase number of inter-party disputes which if not nipped in the bud will greatly affect political party cohesion and national unity. It is the view of the PPRC that a program like this will bring together interest groups of the respective political parties to articulate challenges faced and to proffer the way forward”
Zainab Moseray, Acting Registrar, PPRC.
She further revealed that the recommendations from the two-day event will be handed over to the President and is expected to be translated into a working paper that will inform government policy.
According to Mrs. Moseray, the dialogue will be climaxed with a National Peace Conference that will bring together members from the Executive arm of government, Judiciary, legislative, Civil Society Organization’s, Religious groups, national institutions and members of the fourth estate. It is expected that a resolution containing recommendations that will foster national unity and cohesion, will be presented by the Political Party representatives to the President.