Sierra Leone’s High Court has today ruled that the police has the right to restrict traffic movements in the country on polling day – tomorrow, Wednes
Sierra Leone’s High Court has today ruled that the police has the right to restrict traffic movements in the country on polling day – tomorrow, Wednesday, 6th March 2018.
This ruling was made after legal action was brought by the erudite lawyer Charles Margai, calling for the police to rescind their traffic restrictions.
Yesterday, the country’s Bar Association – the body that governs and speaks on behalf of all senior lawyers, issued a press statement denouncing the traffic ban.
Opposition parties have refused to sign the Memorandum of Understanding drawn up by the police; civil society groups have all condemned the police action.
Notable also for her swift and concerted condemnation of the police action, was the political activist and civil rights campaigner – Dr Sylvia Blyden. She had referred to the police action as ‘unconstitutional’.
But today, after communications she had received from the police, Dr Blyden has written to the head of police to say that she is now happy with their “revised proposed restrictions on vehicular movement”.