584 employees of the Salala Rubber Corporation (SRC) in Weala Margibi County will go to the polls on Saturday, July 25, 2015, to elect a new leadership that will stir the affairs of the Salala Agricultural Workers Union (SAWU) for the next three years at the Plantation.
21 candidates are vying for various positions, the AD-HOC Election Commission of the workers union, told this paper. Mr. Raymond Willie named the positions vied for as president, vice president, secretary general, assistant secretary general, grievance committee head, treasurer, advisor and chaplain.
Incumbent President Mr. Anthony Opah Moses, according to the election chair, is going on a white ballot as he has no challenger, while seven of the eight positions are highly being contested.
Moses who led the Union for two terms is asked by the workers to re-contest due to the strong advocacy role he has played over the years.
The Ad-hoc election Chairman disclosed that candidates were qualified to contest the upcoming election by his office following an interview, adding that campaign was declared open on July 15, 2015.
“The 600 ballot papers are being printed for the conduct of the election on Saturday,” he said, and added that there are 7 polling centers both at the factory and the six camps within the plantation.
Meanwhile, Mr. Willie has called on the electorates to conduct themselves peacefully on the day of election as he promise to conduct a free fair and transparent election.
By: Moses M. Tokpah