Litics: Sierra Leone getting ready for elections

Litics: Sierra Leone getting ready for elections

Sierra Leone's voters are choosing a new president from among 16 candidates in a race that has sparked debate over dual nationality and eligibility for the country's highest office.

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

"In Sierra Leone we are far behind some other countries in Africa, which are making progress", Sesay said. Under the Sierra Leone constitution, a political party whose candidate is disqualified has seven days to produce a replacement.

Immediately on the agenda will be addressing International Monetary Fund concerns, which last month delayed a $224 million payout to the country in response to taxation anomalies.

President Ernest Bai Koroma is stepping aside after his maximum two terms in office, and sixteen candidates are vying to replace him, of whom four are seen as having a realistic chance.

A presidential runoff is likely, according to experts, as the threshold to win outright in the first round is 55 percent.

"He was able to persuade them to allow us access to the building", said Mohamed Kamara, head of the police criminal investigation.

The SLPP has retained the same candidate, Julius Maada Bio, who lost to Koroma in 2012.

Santa Barbara County sheriff announces mandatory evacuations ahead of storm
According to Brown, weather officials stated the most significant part of the storm is expected to arrive between 2:00 - 8:00 a.m. The order encompassed Montecito , where a January 9 storm triggered flash floods that destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes.

But two candidates from younger parties - former United Nations Under-Secretary Kandeh Yumkella and Samuel Sam-Sumana - are seen as having a strong chance if they can garner enough votes from disaffected younger people exhausted of the status quo.

"They have huge resources compared to us but we have connected to the people better", Spencer said.

President Weah urged the people of Sierra Leone to emulate the good example of Liberia, who after almost 14 years of civil war realized peace is the true path to development.

Observers from the African Union, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the European Union and the British Commonwealth are all overseeing voting.

"The Missions "Look to the government of Sierra Leone to uphold its constitutional obligations to provide a secure environment that guarantees the safety of candidates, voters, NEC officials and electoral materials", and urged the security personnel to demonstrate professionalism and enforce the law in a neutral and proportional manner".

The current government is accused of misusing funds meant to rebuild the country's health system after Ebola, and of failing to address the fallout from a mudslide in August that killed hundreds.

Meanwhile, outgoing president Koroma's increasing reliance on China for infrastructure, including a new airport and adjoining toll road, have raised concerns Beijing is seeking to keep the APC in power.

Voter freebies and funding for campaign materials could "potentially influence the voting public" in the APC's favour, it added.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Patriots release TE Bennett, WR Reedy
Mar 08, 2018 - 01:59
By cutting Bennett, the Patriots could be confident in the return of Rob Gronkowski, who has been publicly mulling retirement. He had six catches for 53 yards in two games with the Patriots before being placed on injured reserve last season.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos named richest man on the planet
Mar 08, 2018 - 01:55
Most of Bezos' fortune is tied up in Amazon stock, which soared 59 per cent during the period tracked by Forbes . The only child of Bettencourt, Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, is the runner up with a net worth of $42.2 billion.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is expected to announce her resignation Tuesday morning
Mar 07, 2018 - 00:13
Barry in January admitted to the affair with Sergeant Robert Forrest , though she said she would remain in office. TBI investigators say they looked at Forrest's phone and his emails after Barry admitted publicly to the affair.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Percent Teacher Pay Raise Bill Reaches House Following Senate Procedural Confusion
Mar 07, 2018 - 00:12
Messina says he didn't know how many people were turned away, but the lines still stretched around the Capitol by early afternoon. A survey previous year of 250 Oklahoma teachers who left the state found that the majority of teachers left due to the low pay.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Defending champions South Africa win twice at USA Sevens
Mar 07, 2018 - 00:10
The tournament saw many interesting results, with the US becoming the fifth team to win a tournament in the 2017/18 World Series. Canada carried that momentum into the early part of the second half as John Moonlight's try brought the Canadians within two.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top OH native Allison Janney wins first Oscar for 'I, Tonya'
Mar 06, 2018 - 02:35
Though she has appeared in some major box office hits, Janney is best known for her portrayal of White House press secretary C.J. Cregg in the popular NBC drama The West Wing , winning four Emmys and two SAG awards for the role.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Koscielny: we are not confident
Mar 06, 2018 - 02:34
We tried but nothing is with us. "They don't actually play good football and they're not great to watch". We miss a lot of things during the game but we need to push more again and again.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Paul Ryan urges Trump not to advance with tariffs: spokeswoman
Mar 06, 2018 - 02:32
Canada , which has the most to lose as the top source of U.S. steel and aluminum imports, has called the tariffs "unacceptable". The European Union has said it is drawing up measures against leading USA brands like Harley-Davidson and Levi's jeans.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top China Boosts Spending to Bolster Military Capabilities
Mar 06, 2018 - 02:31
The 8.1% increase is higher than last year's announcement, when China upped military spending by 7% over the previous year. China's defense spending as a share of GDP and the budget also remains lower than that of other major nations, he said.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Rita Moreno re-wore her Filipino-made 1962 Oscars gown
Mar 06, 2018 - 02:28
She sported some seriously chic elbow-length black gloves, oversized black-and-gold earrings, and a stunning collar necklace. She's appearing at the 90th Annual Academy Awards as a presenter.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump jokes about media, Korea, himself at Gridiron Dinner
Mar 05, 2018 - 01:35
Umm, I hope that was a joke. "Orrin said that 'Donald Trump is the best at self-deprecation in the history of America. Per tradition, the Gridiron Club dinner also featured speakers from both political parties.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Residents of Syrian enclave left to flee as bombardment continues
Mar 05, 2018 - 01:34
One resident estimated that thousands of people were on the move and seeking shelter in areas further from the frontlines. Assad dismissed Western statements about the humanitarian situation in eastern Ghouta as "a ridiculous lie".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 'M*A*S*H' actor David Ogden Stiers dies aged 75
Mar 05, 2018 - 01:33
Stiers would voice further animated role as Governor Ratcliffe in Pocahontas , Archdeacon in The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Dr. Stiers joined the M*A*S*H cast at the beginning of its sixth season and replacing Larry Linville after he left the series.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Weather warning in Louth downgraded to orange
Mar 04, 2018 - 03:39
Met √Čireann's weather reports for at 8pm this evening showed only one weather station recording a temperature above freezing. There will be some more snow this morning in places, with ice and lying snow making many roads treacherous.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Nagaland, Tripura, Meghalaya Assembly Elections: Counting Begins
Mar 04, 2018 - 03:37
As of 3.30 pm, the incumbent Congress is on course to be the single largest party, with 21 seats in the 60-strong Assembly. The Congress had it's best ever performance in 2013. "We are hopeful that we will be able to form the government".