A group of patriotic musicians have been traveling across Sierra Leone galvanizing citizens’ effective participation in the electoral process through entertainment as the small West African country marches towards General Elections on March 7th 2018.
Using the edutainment approach, the musicians from Artist for Peace Sierra Leone and Sugar Merecine Entertainment Group get communities to understand the essence of non-violence elections, the critical role their votes could play during and after the elections and urging women and youth to participate positively in the electoral process.
I wake up early every morning to the usual cock crow and the regular sound of the Muslim call to prayer. But as early as 5:30 am this morning, there were already signs that this was an unusual and a special day in Freetown. Those familiar sounds were facing a stiff competition from whistles and vuvuzelas which were blaring almost all around. Then, unlike those familiar sounds, the whistle blowers and vuvuzelas never abated. In fact, as the day wore on, the sounds became louder emanating from even more blowers who were effortlessly multiplying in astronomical numbers.
Freetown January 26, 2018: The attention of the National Secretariat of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) has been drawn to several incidents of violence resulting in the stabbing, numerous physical injuries, and at least one death during the All People’s Congress Party (APC) street rallies called today to mark the nomination of its Presidential candidate and Members of Parliament.
The attention of the SLPP is particularly drawn to a video on social media showing people in red colours with machetes and sticks, pelting stones at each other and chasing each other from the main Campbell street
The constitutional controversy over dual citizenship of section 76 (1) of the 1991 constitution of Sierra Leone which disqualified Sierra Leoneans with dual citizenship from being members of parliament has brought important issues to a sharper focus especially in the wake of awarding party symbols by the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) under the chairmanship and leadership of President Koroma to aspirants mostly from the diaspora with dual citizenship.