Sierra Leoneans were keen on the last gasping try by a citizen Ayoub Joaque to try the laws on the ways of Dr. Samura Kamara on ground of his occupation of the flag bearer position in the All People’s Congress.
He filed through his lawyer Charles Francis Margai of Banta Chambers for enlargement of time for the court to look into the legality of the APC’s candidate and the assumed constitutional issues surrounding the subject. The judiciary’s image maker Moses Lamin Kamara has this to say on the topical issue:
“Lawyer Charles Francis Margai Esq. had filed an application to the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone on Monday, the 26th day of February, 2018 for enlargement (i.e. extension) of time to enable him to file a petition on behalf of one Mohamed Ayoba Joaque against the nomination of the Presidential Candidate for the All Peoples Congress (APC) Party, Dr. Samura Kamara.
“Dr. Samura Kamara’s nomination was published by Government Notice on Tuesday, the 30th January, 2018 and by Section 47 (2) of The Public Election Act, 2012, any citizen of Sierra Leone may lodge an objection with the Supreme Court against the nomination of any Presidential Candidate within seven (7) days of the publication of the Government Notice.
“Since the seven (7) days had lapsed, he has now filed an application for extension of time for him to lodge the objection with the Supreme Court.
The application came up at the Supreme Court on Wednesday, the 1st of March, 2018 at the Supreme Court constituted of five (5) Justices and presided over by the Honourable Chief Justice. Lawyer Francis Margai Esq. made the application but the matter was adjourned because neither Dr. Samura Kamara nor his lawyer was present because he had not been personally served with the application as required by the Supreme Court Rules.
“The application was therefore adjourned to Monday, the 5th March, 2018.
It should be made clear that this is not the objection but an application for extension of time to lodge the objection.