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President Koroma’s coronation as lifelong chairman of APC threatens Sierra Leone’s democracy

March 29, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 0

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 29 March 2017 President Koroma’s coronation by the members of the ruling APC Youth League as lifelong chairman of the party at their convention in Port Loko last weekend, is now proving to have far reaching consequences beyond the corridors of the APC party offices. Tonight, there [Read More]

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SLPP update on biometric voter registration in Sierra Leone

March 26, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 0

Ali Badara Kamara – SLPP National Secretary General Sierra Leone Telegraph: 26 March 2017 Since March 20, 2017 when registration started, the SLPP has monitored the process throughout the country with agents in all 3,300 registration centres across the country. Overall, the Party has several concerns about both the process [Read More]

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Vice President Foh registers to vote – but will he stand for the presidency?

March 22, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 1

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 22 March 2017 The vice President of Sierra Leone – Victor Bockarie Foh and wife – Mrs. Jonta Foh have this morning – Wednesday, 22nd March, 2017 took part in the voter registration exercise at the Old School Complex – Hill Station, Constituency 128, Ward 413, Western [Read More]

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Sierra Leone opposition presidential aspirants registered to vote ahead of 2018

March 22, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 1

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 22 March 2017 Although the electoral registration process that kicked off two days ago in Sierra Leone is fraught with immense technical, logistics and human resource difficulties, several of the country’s opposition presidential aspirants have been out and about registering their intention to vote and to be [Read More]

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Sierra Leone kicks off voter registration – but party politics is getting in the way 

March 22, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 0

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 22 March 2017 With elections in Sierra Leone slated for 7th of March 2018, the country’s electoral commission – NEC opened its doors to millions of potential voters for the registration process across the country two days ago – 20th of March. But after just two days [Read More]

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Will technology deliver free and fair election?: The case of Kenya

March 21, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 0

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 March 2017 John Walubengo looks at preparations in Kenya by the Electoral Body, in advance of the country’s August 2017 elections, and the use of biometric voter registration, electronic voter identification and results transmission systems. As voter registration and verification gets underway in Sierra Leone, can [Read More]

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Sierra Leone ruling APC bribed its way to victory at by-election – says SLPP

February 22, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 1

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 22 February 2017 Last Saturday’s by-election in constituency 066 in the district of Tonkolili, which was won by the ruling APC party, has been described by the opposition SLPP as unfair and violent, with plenty of evidence of electoral malpractice. With general and presidential elections due in [Read More]

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Sierra Leone opposition SLPP succeeds in reducing ruling APC majority as confidence in APC slides

February 20, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 1

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 20 February 2017 Sierra Leone’s opposition SLPP party has made a Herculean start in reducing the 60% national electoral majority gained by the ruling APC in 2012, after a tough show of strength and unity at last Saturday’s by-election in Bumbuna, Tonkolili district. The by-election came about [Read More]

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What the rest of Africa can learn from The Gambia’s transition to democracy

February 20, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 0

Romola Adeola Sierra Leone Telegraph: 20 February 2017 The tensions that followed the historic electoral defeat of Gambia strongman President Yahya Jammeh has been a litmus test for democracy in Africa beyond the tiny West African nation. It is five years since the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance came into force. [Read More]