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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]

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Elections watchdog endorses cancellation of Kambia polling

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 1 October 2018: The decision of Sierra Leone’s Electoral Commission (NEC) to cancel polling last Saturday in a by-election in Ward 196 of the Kambia district, has been criticised by the country’s main opposition APC party, who claims they’ve won the election. But the violence which erupted [Read More]

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APC reacts to cancellation of polling in Kambia

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 30 September 2018: Yesterday’s cancellation of by-election polling in ward 196 of the Kambia District in northern Sierra Leone, after violence erupted which led to the death of a young man, has been criticised by the opposition APC party. Writing in a public statement issued today, this [Read More]

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Young man killed in another wave of political violence in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 30 September 2018: A young man has died in a shocking orgy of political violence in a northern town of Sierra Leone where by-election was being held yesterday, in Ward 196 constituency of Kambia District in the  Tonko Limba Chiefdom. According to conflicting and unconfirmed reports, the [Read More]

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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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Sierra Leone’s Journalists accuse APC of violence

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 3 April 2018: Yesterday there were reports of police shooting in the far west of the capital Freetown, in which an unarmed, young opposition SLPP supporter was gunned down in the street – just yards away from the compound of the SLPP leader’s home. It is alleged [Read More]