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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]

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Sierra Leone constituency 066 Bye election – An analysis

February 20, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 0

Concerned Citizen (Culled) Sierra Leone Telegraph: 20 February 2017 Constitution 066 has unique attributes, and the tussle there cannot be applied to the nation in general. The ruling APC party must be reeling at having been made to work so hard in a constituency that has traditionally given them the [Read More]

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The people of The Gambia are free at last – the dictator is gone

January 22, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 4

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 22 January 2017   There was jubilation across The Gambia last night when reports of the former dictator Yahya Jammeh’s departure from the country were published. As the images of Jammeh boarding a plane bound for Guinea spread like wild fire, the people of The Gambia waved [Read More]

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Countdown ends for Jammeh and begins for Trump – the two faces of democracy today

January 20, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 0

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 20 January 2017 In the next few hours the world will witness two very ugly faces of democracy, from across the Atlantic – one in Africa and the other in the USA. In America preparations are being made for the inauguration of Donald Trump – the controversial [Read More]

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High stakes as West Africa prepares military action against Gambia’s  Jammeh

January 19, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 0

Abdul-Jalilu Ateku Sierra Leone Telegraph: 19 January 2017 In further escalation of the post-election crisis in The Gambia, President Yahya Jammeh declared a state of emergency just a day before his official mandate was due to come to an end (Today, 19th January 2017). The announcement followed reports that a Nigerian warship was deployed off the [Read More]

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How The Gambia is testing West Africa’s resolve to protect democracy

January 18, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 2

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 18 January 2017 On this – the eve of Jammeh’s final day in power, the world waits to see whether he will step down from office tomorrow in line with the country’s constitution and the democratic will of the majority of Gambians who voted against him last [Read More]