It has come to the attention of the Sierra Leone Bar Association (hereinafter referred to as the “SLBA”) that there have been numerous publications in certain media houses questioning the integrity of the recent SLBA elections in which a new executive was elected. The insinuations made in these publications are disingenuous, disturbing and lack any merit. The elections conducted on 21st June 2014 at the Wusum Hotel in Makeni were free, fair and devoid of any irregularity.
To clarify the events of that day once and for all the SLBA states that prior to the commencement of voting prominent legal practitioners were nominated and appointed to serve as electoral commissioners. The list of voters was read out which included a supplemental list.
For the information of the public The SLBA is registered and operates as a company limited by guarantee. In accordance with the Articles of Association of the SLBA voting by proxy is allowed. Furthermore, the Companies Act of 2009 and its predecessor Cap 249 of the Laws of Sierra Leone 1960 provides for voting by proxy for companies limited by guarantee. The persons who gave proxies were fully paid up members of the SLBA and the proxies were lodged in accordance with law and therefore were valid and allowed.
We trust that this clarifies any misunderstanding created by these reports and respectfully request media houses to be responsible and accurate in their reporting. We hereby warn those going around tarnishing the image of the SLBA to desist from doing so. The SLBA reserves the right to protect its image against libelous statements.