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2023 Elections: SLPP nominates President Bio as Presidential Candidate at EC-SL TODAY

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2023 Elections: SLPP nominates President Bio as Presidential Candidate at EC-SL TODAY

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His Excellency President Dr. Julius Maada Bio and Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh will today be provisionally nominated as Presidential Candidate and Running-Mate of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) for the June elections.

The Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone (EC-SL) had earlier revealed that there are now 14 approved political parties for the forthcoming elections.

Secretary General of the SLPP, Umaru Napoleon Koroma said the Party has advised its supporters not to approach the EC-SL premises during the process today. He said the President Bio will address supporters at the Brima Attouga Stadium at Cline Town, east of Freetown, where supporters are to gather.

The National Grand Coalition (NGC) has called on its members in the Western Area (Rural and Urban) to join President Bio and his vice president during the nomination process.

The Party’s Secretariat said: “In the spirit of the signed Progressive Alliance between the NGC Party and the SLPP Party, all NGC Members in the Western Area are asked to converge at the Brima Attouga Mini Stadium at exactly 12:00pm as President Bio will be addressing members and supporters of both the NGC and the SLPP party.

“Please be informed that, it is not a rally, rather; we are all to peacefully converge to the Brima Attouga Mini Stadium at 12 noon and listen to the address of President Bio after his nomination”.

President Dr. Julius Maada Bio was inaugurated as the 5th President of Sierra Leone on May 12th, 2018.

Born on May 12th 1964 in Tihun, Sogbini, Bonthe District, Julius Maada Bio is one of 35 children born to Paramount Chief Charlie Wonie Bio II, Sogbini Chiefdom.

H.E. President Bio completed his primary, secondary and undergraduate education in Sierra Leone. Always driven by a passion to serve his country, H.E. President Bio started his illustrious public service journey as a school teacher before joining the Sierra Leone Army where he rose through the ranks as Brigadier. He previously served as Chief Secretary of State, Chief of Defense Staff, Minister of Information, Minister of Marine Resources, Deputy Head of State, and ultimately as Head of State of Sierra Leone from January to March 1996.

As Head of State, President Bio presided over the conduct of the first democratic elections in Sierra Leone in nearly three decades. In Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Wonie Bio is popularly referred to as the “Father of Democracy” because of his outstanding contribution towards the restoration of democracy and attainment of peace in Sierra Leone.

President Bio is a well-known Philanthropist and Humanitarian through the work of the Maada and Fatima Bio Foundation. The Foundation donated food and other items to victims and families affected by the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone and during the environmental disasters of 2015.

Most recently, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bradford, United Kingdom, pursuing a doctorate programme in Peace Studies.

H.E. President Bio credits his mother, Mamie Amie, as the person from whom he acquired all his driving principles in life – calmness, hard worker, and a staunch believer in God.

Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh is a citizen of Sierra Leone. He is 47 years of age and registered with the Sierra Leone People’s Party in 2002 and is currently a Distinguished Grand Chief Patron.

Until this appointment as Vice President of Sierra Leone for the 2028 elections, Dr. Jalloh was an International Civil Servant having worked variously for the United Nations as a Senior Advisor in the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in the Republic of Mali (MINUSMA) and before that as the Sahel Advisor to the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for West Africa and the Sahel.

He also worked as the West African Analyst for the International Crisis Group (ICG) and with the Campaign for Good Governance in Sierra Leone to support Civil Society groups in reinforcing democracy in the country from 2004 to 2006.

Dr. Jalloh is a devout Muslim born in the Kono district of parents who hailed from Port Loko district: a Temne mother from Kalangba, Lokomasama chiefdom, and a Fula father from Kafu Bullom chiefdom. Dr. Jalloh is married to Fatou Banel Jalloh.

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