Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Sierra Leone holds general election

Sierra Leone holds general election

He has been president of that country since 2007.

"Meanwhile the Association remains committed to the objective of its 2018 Elections Project of "Fostering a Credible Electoral Process in Sierra Leone", ensuring the success of the country's first post-war general elections conducted by its people and maintaining its recently well rated peace index".

President Ernest Bai Koroma has concluded his second consecutive term and his former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Samura Kamara would contest against fifteen others including Julius Maada Bio of the SLPP.

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"I just want to have change in our community and government", he told AFP. "We have been able to draw people from across the religious, ethnic and regional spectrum". I did the deployment for the five polling centers and they are adequate and the people are well satisfied, " Eiaha said.

The AU's short-term observers have been deployed since February 26 to cover the largest number of districts in Sierra Leone's 16.

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"These elections should be seen in the wider and broader context of advancing peace and stability in Sierra Leone and the ECOWAS region", the Head of Mission said in Freetown on Saturday 3rd March after a meeting with the leadership of the National Electoral Commission (NEC), part of his continuing engagement with stakeholders ahead of the elections.

The Institute for Governance Reform (IGR), a Freetown-based think tank, said in a report that voters were showing a "growing willingness... to consider policy proposals over ethnic considerations".

Chief of the European Union Observer Mission in Sierra Leone, Jean Lambert, on Wednesday described the voting as peaceful.

Some fear a lack of transport to polling stations in rural areas, as Sierra Leone's high court this week upheld a ban on private vehicles circulating on election day, citing national security concerns.

Voter freebies and funding for campaign materials could "potentially influence the voting public" in the APC's favour, it added.

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