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Parliament approves new NEC boss Mohamed Konneh as political row continues

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 29 July 2020: Parliament of Sierra Leone yesterday voted by a majority to approve the newly appointed  Chairman of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) – Mohamed Kenewui Konneh, despite strong protests by the main opposition APC party and others, including the PMDC, claiming that Mr Konneh is [Read More]

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African Union Commission congratulates newly elected President of the Republic of Malawi

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 29 June 2020: Following the announcement last Saturday of presidential election results in Malawi by the country’s electoral commission, the African Union Commission has published this statement, congratulating the winner – Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera: “The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, wishes to [Read More]

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Speculation grows over date of next election in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 28 June 2020: Speculations are growing across the political divide in Sierra Leone, after a leading pro SLPP government newspaper – Global Times, published a story recently stating that the next general and presidential elections will be held in 2024 – not 2023 as expected. According to [Read More]

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Namibia election was largely peaceful and orderly – says Commonwealth Observer Group

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 30 November 2019: Election in Namibia which took place on 27 November 2019, was carried out in a largely peaceful and orderly manner, according to an interim statement issued by the Commonwealth observers who were deployed to the country. The group noted that the 2019 Presidential and [Read More]

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SLPP claims by-election victory as opposition APC protests cancellation of results

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 27 August 2019: It is now over 48 hours since the cancellation of all results counted so far from the by-elections held at Freetown’s Constituency 110. The elections were marred by vandalism and violence, the likes of which have hardly been witnessed before in any polling held [Read More]

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Polling station ransacked by thugs – NEC cancels election results at Constituency 110

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 25 August 2019: The National Electoral Commission (NEC) has  cancelled the results of the re-run elections in constituency 110 in Freetown. Votes cast at all polling centres have been tallied by NEC, with the exception of one centre where all ballot papers and equipment were destroyed yesterday [Read More]

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Nail biting by-election in Freetown’s constituency 110 expected today

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 24 August 2019: A parliamentary By-election taking place today, in the rural constituency 110 of Hamilton in Freetown, will be fiercely contested. The three main parties vying for the people’s votes are the ruling SLPP party, the opposition APC and the National Grand Coalition (NGC) party. The [Read More]

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WhatsApp strengthens and undermines Nigerian democracy – says researchers

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 29 July 2019: Research findings released today by a UK-Nigerian research team, examining the role of WhatsApp in Nigeria’s 2019 elections, say that “WhatsApp both strengthens and undermines Nigerian democracy”. Drawing on citizen surveys and interviews with political campaigns, the report underlines the ways in which WhatsApp [Read More]

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The state of African elections in 2018

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 29 October 2018: General elections could take place this year in at least 12 African countries. Despite myriad social and political reforms, a smooth handover from one leader to a new one looks uncertain in some of the twelve countries, with sectarian conflict predicted in close to [Read More]