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SLPP elects a pro-Maada Bio national executive council – has the party shot itself in the foot?

September 18, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 4

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 18 September 2018 After a weekend of excitement and drama, wrapped up in political machinations and chicanery at the SLPP convention in Kenema, the party has in the very early hours of this morning, elected a new National Executive Council that will oversee the election of its [Read More]

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In politics absurdity is not a handicap

September 17, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 4

Abdulai Mansaray Sierra Leone telegraph: 17 September 2017 The Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), the oldest surviving political party in Sierra Leone commenced its three- day election convention in Kenema this weekend, and reports reaching the Sierra Leone Telegraph describe the event as anything but conventional. If anything, the convention [Read More]

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Is this the moment that the Sierra Leone opposition SLPP showed the country it is unfit to govern?

September 16, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 7

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 16 September 2017 There was high drama at the opposition SLPP convention last night in Kenema, which many observers say is fast becoming a fiasco. The party’s three days national convention which was expected not only to elect their presidential candidate for national elections taking place on [Read More]

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President Koroma’s time in office to be extended at the expense of Sierra Leone’s democracy

September 13, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 5

Abdul Fonti Sierra Leone Telegraph: 13 September 2017 Next year’s elections in Sierra Leone are now most likely to be postponed; the National Electoral Commission’s boss may face the sack; and president Ernest Bai Koroma will get more time in office. This is  my prediction, based on the sad political [Read More]

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Sierra Leone toll road may disadvantage opposition parties at the 2018 elections campaign

August 22, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 1

Pastor Mohamed Sesay Sierra Leone Telegraph: 22 August 2017 President Koroma was elected to office in 2007 on the platform that his All Peoples Congress party had shaken off its bad habits of old under the despots – Siaka Stevens and Saidu Momoh; with him even naming the party “New [Read More]

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How the media covered Kenya’s general election – Lessons for Sierra Leone

August 13, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 0

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 13 August 2017 The people of Kenya are still mauling over their controversial election results, days after the electoral commission announced that the incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta has won another term of office. The controversial results have once again brought Kenya close to the edge of the [Read More]

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Sierra Leone political parties gearing up for the 2018 elections

August 12, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 3

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 12 August 2017 Political parties in Sierra Leone are preparing for their respective national convention, where they will elect their party’s presidential candidate as well as administrative officials. Both the ruling APC party and the main opposition SLPP will hold their convention next month, though there are [Read More]

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Kenya’s election jitters have roots in campaign financing

August 8, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 0

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 8 August 2017 Polls are now closed in Kenya’s closely fought elections. And as counting of the votes continue, in the next few hours the results will start coming in. Ten years ago, over a thousand people were killed when violence erupted in Kenya’s elections, as tribalism [Read More]