Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Sierra Leone begins general elections to elect new president

Sierra Leone begins general elections to elect new president

Electoral Observation Mission sent to Sierra Leone general elections is evaluating, along with the authorities of that country, the preparations for March 8 elections.

Electoral Commission officials told APA that because of the long queue, some people have been returning home with the intension of coming back when the length of the queues reduced.

President Ernest Bai Koroma is stepping down after two five-year terms.

Sixteen registered political parties including the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) and the main opposition Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) participated in the election.

Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella's National Grand Coalition and Samuel Sam-Sumana's Coalition for Change are also expected to secure a high number of votes.

Numerous voters who trooped out to cast their ballot have hopes and aspirations from the new government. They will see the end of the campaign and the preparations for the election day in their deployment areas. He hopes his candidate will "save the country from suffering".

We have adequate police officers who are enough.

"Sierra Leone has come a long way from its civil war and what is required is the collective efforts by the citizens, the government, security agencies, the judiciary, civil society and the media to take the country to the next level", declared the former Interim President of Liberia. But it is the first the government is presiding over without total support from the worldwide community.

Still, whoever gains the presidency today will inherit a hard position.

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