At least a total of thirty-four accused persons who pleaded guilty to the offence of multiple voter registration during the last voter registration exercise for the November 17 general elections in Bo, have received jail sentences ranging from one to two years including a fine of five hundred thousand leones each.
The 34 accused were convicted in the Bo and Kenema Magistrate Courts respectively. The accused were recently arrested by the Crime Management Division of the Kenema and Bo Police Stations and charged with the offence of Knowingly Seeking and Obtaining Registration as an Elector for more than One Ward contrary to the Electoral Laws of Sierra Leone.
Some of the convicts had no option but to pay a fine of five hundred thousand leones and at the same time serve one year prison term.
Eleven of them including Kemoh Tarawallie, Ansu Sumaila Tarawallie, Musu Swaray, Hawa Swarray, Hawa Mansaray, and Mamadi Jabbie, among others, appeared in the Bo Magistrate Court.
According to the Senior State Counsel in-charge of the South and Eastern Regions, Mr. Aiah Simeon Allieu, other multiple registration cases are pending involving accused persons from Moyamba, Pujehun and Bonthe districts respectively.
He said three from Moyamba district including David Sulaiman, Khan Habibu and Tejan Amara were freed for lack of evidence, whilst those to be charged include Andrew Sesay, Tommy Bendu, Albert Pebakor and Fatmata Bangura.
In the Pujehun district, two suspects, Isata Sesay and Aminata Swalu have also been arraigned for the same offence, whilst in Mattru Jong, Bonthe district; Kabba Bangura, Mustapha Swaray Gorgra and Sallay Solomon have also been charged for the same offence. The police continue their investigations.
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