By Foday Moriba Conteh
One of Sierra Leone’s prominent Economists, who is frequently consulted by certain institutions in and out of the country to proffer sound economic solutions, the indefatigable and result-oriented, Prince Jacob Macauley, who of late has disclosed his ambition to vie for the Presidency as an Independent Candidate vis-à-vis the forthcoming General Elections, slated to take place in 2023, has written a letter to His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio, seeking his help, to expunge Section 41(b) of the Sierra Leone Constitution which makes it compulsory for any individual who wants to contest as a Presidential election to belong to a political party.
An aspect of the content of the letter is a passionate plea made by Jacob Macauley to His Excellency President Bio to use his good office to facilitate the speedy expedition of expunging that aspect of the 1991 Constitution.
According to consummate personality, belonging to a political party is enslavement to the party but as an Independent Candidate, an individual, with political ambition, will be saved a hassling of having to go through a lot of certain uncanny things which mostly characterize belonging to a political party.
“In the USA and in most Western countries there is no restriction placed on independent candidates to contest,” Mr Macauley intimated this medium.
He argued that the framers of the Sierra Leone Constitution must have been ill-advised to add that Section of having to belong to a political party.
“That 1991 Constitution came at a time when this country was still under a dictatorship but now we are in a true democracy, it is high time it is expunged from the Constitution so that citizens can freely exercise their rights to contest for the presidency without the hindrance of having to belong to a political party first,” Mr Macauley stressed.