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Sierra Leone launches free school education

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 20 August 2018: Over 1.5 million school children are expected to benefit from the free quality school education initiative which starts at the school year in September. This flagship initiative which will be launched at the Miata Conference Hall in Freetown today, Monday, 20th August, is part [Read More]

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Sierra Leone has spoken – Maada Bio is the new president

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 4 April 2018: The result of the Sierra Leone presidential election has just been announced by the Chief Electoral Commissioner – Mr Nfa Alie Conteh in Freetown. Julius Maada Bio of the opposition SLPP is the new president of Sierra Leone, polling 1,319,406 – which is 51.82% [Read More]

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Sierra Leone army denies allegation of plan to kill Bio

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 3 April 2018: Senior officials in the ministry of defence have today condemned a statement by the opposition SLPP, claiming that the army is planning to assassinate their presidential candidate – Julius Maada Bio. The condemnation comes in a statement published by the ministry of defence, saying: [Read More]

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Politically motivated internet shutdown – an open letter to president Koroma

Abdul M Fatoma: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 1 April 2018: Dear President Ernest Bia Koroma, we are writing to urgently request that you ensure the stability and openness of the internet during the counting process after the March 31, 2018 Presidential election in Sierra Leone. Elections represent the most critical moment [Read More]

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APC says – ‘We have won the runoff election’ – SLPP says ‘no we won it’

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 1 April 2018: In this tightly contested race, turnout in many polling stations at the Sierra Leone presidential election runoff held yesterday 31 March 2018, was as low as 50%. This can be explained mainly by the disenchantment many voters felt, after the massive rigging that was [Read More]

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Sierra Leone’s peaceful election runoff – SLPP Maada Bio leads the polls

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 1 April 2018: The people of Sierra Leone can be proud of yesterday’s presidential runoff election, which ended peacefully, despite a few reports of police heavy-handedness and localised arrests of those caught red handed carrying unlawful voting materials. Despite the low voter turnout, most of those who [Read More]

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Sierra Leone election runoff can be fair and credible

Author: Trevor Jenkins Johnson: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 31 March 2018: The runoffs are underway. About time too.  The country is simply fed up with all the shenanigans going on between the parties, the National Electoral Commission (NEC), the Sierra Leone Police (SLP), the Judiciary, but to name a few. There [Read More]

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Electoral Commissioner must deliver runoff election in accordance with High Court ruling

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 31 March 2018: In just a few hours the people of Sierra Leone will be going to the polls to elect a new president. But already, there are fears the country’s elections body – the National Electoral Commission may be planning to violate a High Court order, [Read More]