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Shocking defeat for Yayah Jammeh at presidential polls after 22 years in power

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 2 December 2016 I was in The Gambia in March this year for a week, visiting my maternal ancestral homeland. The capital Banjul was bustling with human activity. But there was an eerie and uneasy calm, as political tension and media repression stifled free speech and civil [Read More]

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Sierra Leone elections watchdog demand publication of 2018 election timetable 

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 30 November 2016 When the executives of the ruling APC party of Sierra Leone last week announced that they were pulling out of the country’s Constitutional review process, it caused consternation among opposition parties and civil society groups. The question many are left asking after their surprised [Read More]

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Cross-party conspiracy to change Sierra Leone’s constitution?

Pamela Johnson Sierra Leone Telegraph: 12 June 2016 A secret plan by a small group of cross-party parliamentarians in Sierra Leone to amend the 1991 Constitution, so as to promote their own narrow and personal political interests has been exposed. Many people in the country that have heard about this [Read More]

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Sierra Leone ruling APC’s master plan for the 2018 elections exposed?

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 10 February 2016 Four years ago, Sierra Leone’s ruling APC concocted a new elections strategy they say was their winning formula for the 2012 elections. It was called ‘four-for-four’. In Sierra Leone there are four levels of elections, hence the aptly named ‘four-for-four’ campaign slogan was adopted [Read More]

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United States continues to oppose third term presidency in Africa

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 5 June 2015 After months of violence and growing political and social instability in Burundi, caused by the decision of the president to seek a third term re-election into office, which has seen the death of over one hundred civilians and the assassination of an opposition leader, [Read More]

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Nigeria’s dangerous 2015 elections: Limiting the violence

International Crisis Group Sierra Leone Telegraph: 22 November 2014 In its latest report, Nigeria’s Dangerous 2015 Elections: Limiting the Violence, the International Crisis Group examines the volatile environment in which electoral preparations are taking place and outlines measures that need to be taken urgently to curb the looming violence. (Photo: [Read More]

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NEC Commissioner shirks responsibility as allegation of electoral fraud mounts

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 22 November 2012:  When news broke in the early hours of yesterday Wednesday, that the Chairman of Sierra Leone’s Electoral Commission will be hosting a press briefing, there was high octane media excitement, as the nation held its breath with heightened expectations. Millions of voters glued to [Read More]

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Sierra Leone NEC electoral fraud – Is the NEC playing by APC rules?

Alpha Kargbo Sierra Leone Telegraph: 10 April 2012 The fourth phase of the biometric voter registration for the forthcoming presidential and general elections in Sierra Leone, which is slated for November 2012, officially closed on the 25th of March 2012. There are massive discrepancies in the figures, raising suspicion of [Read More]

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President Koroma’s cash for votes saga continues

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 4 March 2012 The debate surrounding allegations of president Koroma’s offer of cash, lucrative contracts and senior government job opportunities to members of the opposition parties for their votes at the forthcoming general election rumbles on. Does the decision of John Leigh – a losing presidential aspirant [Read More]