The much-talked-about bye-elections in two key constituencies for the major political parties ended peacefully yesterday with the traditional rivals, the ruling All People’s Congress ( APC ) and the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party ( SLPP ) holding their own in their respective strongholds.
OUR MAN IDRISSA CONTEH ANALYSES THE RESULTS :
APC – SLPP Win Bye Elections in Strongholds!!!
THE WINNER IN KAILAHUN, MADAM NAVO KAI-KAI
The preliminary results announced by National Electoral Commission over the just concluded bye elections in Port Loko and Kailahun districts indicate victory for the SLPP in Kailahun and a sweeping win for the APC in Port Loko.
The APC candidate, Osman K. Conteh won the elections in Constituency 050 in Port Loko district with 68.8% of the total vote casts followed by Mohamed K Mansaray’s ADP that polled over 4000 votes representing over 29% of the total vote casts.
APC SUPPORTERS CAMPAIGNING IN KAILAHUN
The SLPP obtained just 2% of the total votes.
In Kailahun district, it was an excruciating victory for the SLPP candidate, Navo Kaikai of Constituency 001 who won 69.37% of the entire vote casts followed by the APC candidate, Haja Nasaratu Jalloh who obtained 30.63% of the votes!
OSMAN KARANKAY CONTEH –THE WINNER IN PORT LOKO
The conduct of the two bye constituency elections were said to be free, fair, credible and transparent .
We hope this level of transparency will continue to prevail in the forthcoming presidential and parliamentary elections in 2018.
SULAIMAN FORNAH ALSO MADE THE FOLLOWING ANALYSIS :
THE APC EFFORTS IN KAILAHUN WAS NOT ONLY ABOUT WINNING AN ELECTION. It WAS ABOUT RAISING THE PERCENTAGE FOR THE FUTURE.
That’s what the APC achieved in a town still stuck in the court bare mentality. The outcome was extremely amazing raising the percentage from 5%- 4 yrs ago to 36% is a huge advantage when we look at it from the court bare perspectives.
Interesting to see how APC won in Moyamba and raised the percentage in kailahun. If we look at the SLPP number in freetown, north, and northwest we can see how they continue to perform dismally while APC still has these areas under their belt. So with the way things are going the APC may pull over 40% votes in southeastern region, and win incredibly in other parts of the country come 2018. Results pay.
DISCUSSING THE PATTERN OF THE APC GROWTH PARTICULARLY IN 001 KAILAHUN. FROM 4% in 2007 to 35.36% in 2016 bye elections is extremely impressive. See the 2016 bye election in the bottom bits and observe how the APC reduced the SLPP votes by 5%. Infact had it not been that many SLPP civil servants were campaigning undercover (will get to that later) the SLPP percentage could have resuced further. So for 2018 its an ongoing stride to equal the SLPP in their southeastern stronghold. This is what we will achieve with results.
Please observe below.
Kailahun Constituency 001 Voting Patterns: VALID VOTES (and %) per candidate
2007 PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS:
✅SLPP (Alice Foyah) = 11,816 votes (62%)
✴PMDC (Vonjo Ngobeh) = 5,678 votes (30%)
APC (Jusu B. S. Joseph) = 754 votes (4%)
NDA (Mustapha Abdulai) = 343 votes (2%)
⚠UNPP (Ansu Ndakpawa) = 174 votes (1%)
CPP (Morie B. Sellu) = 242 votes (1%)
GRAND TOTAL = 19,007
2012 PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS:
✅SLPP (Alice Foyah) = 14,397 (69.28%)
APC (Vonjo Ngobeh) = 5,361 (25.80%)
⚫RUFP (Christopher Allieu) 563 (2.71%)
✴PMDC (Mariatu Koroma) 258 (1.24%)
NDA (Memunatu Bindi) 203 (0.98%)
GRAND TOTAL = 20,782
2013 PARLIAMENTARY BYE-ELECTIONS:
✅SLPP (Patrick Foyah) = 11,114 (69.6%)
APC (Susan Bona) = 4,856 (30.4%)
GRAND TOTAL = 15,970
PARLIAMENTARY BY-ELECTION 2016
✅SLPP (Navo Kaikai) =2959(64.64%)
APC (Haja Nasiratu Jalloh) = 1619 (35.36%)
GRAND TOTAL = 4578 Vote
APC’s GROWTH IN KAILAHUN CONSTITUENCY 001 HAS BEEN STEADY AND PROGRESSIVE:
APC = 4%
APC = 25.8%
APC = 30.4%
APC = 35.36%
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SOME COMMENTS FROM THE SOCIAL MEDIA :
The SLPP should be really worried about the great inroads the APC party is making so far in the Kailahun District.
The question everyone is now asking is Will the SLPP recover from this nightmare cause by the APC party in their so called “strong hold”.
Only time will tell.