Sierra Leone holds presidential debate ahead of March 7 polls

FREETOWN- The top six candidates in Sierra Leone’s March 7 presidential elections held a debate on Thursday evening in the capital of Freetown.

The debate gave the candidates the opportunity to woo voters at a time when political campaigning across the West African country is at its peak. The elections body has disclosed that there are a total of six parties that had filed to contest the presidency. The other ten parties had earlier attempted to place an injunction on the debate citing discrimination.

All registered candidates of the six parties showed up at the event. The parties that took part in the debate included All People Congress (APC) led by Samura Kamara; Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) led by Rtd Brig. Gen. Julius Maada.

The other four were the Alliance Democratic Party (ADP) led by Mohamed Kamaraimba Mansaray; Coalition for Change (C4C) led by Samuel Sam; the National Grand Coalition (NGC) led by Kandeh Yumkella and Citizens Democratic Party (CDP) led by Musa Tarawally, a businessman.

The country is set to welcome its new leader as incumbent Ernest Bai Koroma leaves office after serving two terms. It is the fifth straight vote since return to multi-party elections but the third after the end of civil war in 2002.

Photo Credit- AfricaNews

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