SIERRA LEONE: Polls in March

SIERRA LEONE: Polls in March Voters will choose from a field of 16 presidential candidates.Sierra Leoneans will go to the polls on March 7th to elect a new president and parliament.Africanews.com (20/2) notes that the elections will underline the growth of electoral democracy in the West Africa region. History will be made either way, whether the ruling party or the opposition wins the presidency.Outgoing Ernest Bai Koroma is hoping to handover to his party's candidate while the main opposition party will hope to stage a comeback after a decade out.The ruling All Peoples’ Congress (APC) have picked former Foreign minister Samura Kamara as flagbearer while the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples’ Party (SLPP) is fielding a former military ruler Julius Maado Bio, who lost the last election to Bai Koroma.Both parties have been hit by breakaways as some top guns on both sides have left to form parties with the hopes of upsetting the odds.According to the Sierra Leone National Electoral Commission (NEC) sixteen candidates have filed to run for president. They include two women and fourteen men.The six leading candidates are as follows:Samura Mathew Wilson Kamara – APC: Born April 30th, 1951, Kamara was central bank governor from 2007‐2009. He was Minister of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series Wiley

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© 2018 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
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Voters will choose from a field of 16 presidential candidates.Sierra Leoneans will go to the polls on March 7th to elect a new president and parliament.Africanews.com (20/2) notes that the elections will underline the growth of electoral democracy in the West Africa region. History will be made either way, whether the ruling party or the opposition wins the presidency.Outgoing Ernest Bai Koroma is hoping to handover to his party's candidate while the main opposition party will hope to stage a comeback after a decade out.The ruling All Peoples’ Congress (APC) have picked former Foreign minister Samura Kamara as flagbearer while the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples’ Party (SLPP) is fielding a former military ruler Julius Maado Bio, who lost the last election to Bai Koroma.Both parties have been hit by breakaways as some top guns on both sides have left to form parties with the hopes of upsetting the odds.According to the Sierra Leone National Electoral Commission (NEC) sixteen candidates have filed to run for president. They include two women and fourteen men.The six leading candidates are as follows:Samura Mathew Wilson Kamara – APC: Born April 30th, 1951, Kamara was central bank governor from 2007‐2009. He was Minister of

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