‘Inter-party committee should tackle matters affecting political parties’

Friday, January 19, 2018

The chairman of the inter-party committee and the secretary general of People’s Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS), Halifa Sallah, has said all the members of the inter-party committee should resort to the inter-party committee to tackle matters affecting political parties.

Sallah made these remarks in a press conference organised by the inter-party committee held at Election House along Bertil Harding Highway on Thursday.

According to the chairman, all members of the committee agreed to prepare the ground for the institutionalisation of the inter-party committee and that henceforth they agreed as a committee that they will resort to the inter-party committee to tackle matters affecting political parties.  “Because we believe that it is through the inter-party committee that we could do so more effectively”, he declared.

The inter-party committee that comprises all the registered political parties in the country is guided by rules to foster better understanding among party members.

“All the political parties accepted the obligation to operate strictly by the provisions of the memorandum of understanding”, he noted.

The National Assembly Member (NAM) for Serekunda Constituency said the memorandum therefore means the committee can receive complaints from member parties, from the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and from the government and find remedies to any complaint.

“As a committee we therefore expect that if parties are on the ground and they have any differences among themselves, the first task is to bring that to the inter-party committee for its resolution” Mr. Sallah said.

The PDOIS secretary general said in situation of intervention the committee expects three modes of intervention in political party activities and that is to say where a party infringes the law of the land that is a matter for the law enforcement officers because no party should violate the law of the land. Where a party violates its mandate that gave birth to its existence as a party, he said, it is left to the IEC to deal with that matter. And if any single party respects the inter-party committee, the government and the IEC as partners should therefore resort to the inter-party committee to remedy any problem that may occur, Mr. Sallah added.

Mr. Sallah said as a result the inter-party committee’s agreement to set the ball rolling this week in terms of operationalisation and institutionalisation of their code of conduct, they have set up regional committees made up of two members: male and female coming from each registered party to present and to sensitise them on the code of conduct and give them the responsibilities of conducting civic education.

Author: Sankulleh Gibril Janko