The Presidential Candidate for the All People’s Congress (APC) Party in the June 2023 elections, Dr. Mathew Wilson Samura Kamara and his runningmate, Hon. Chernor Ramadan Maju Bah have gone through provisional nomination at the Electoral Commission for Sierra Leone (EC-SL) Headquarters in Freetown.
The two candidates are now provisionally qualified to run for the presidency in the June 2023 elections.
Chief Electoral Commissioner (CEC) for the Electoral Commission for Sierra Leone (EC-SL), Mohamed Kenewui Konneh said: “By the constitutional powers confer on me as National Returning Officer and under Section 43 and 44 of the Public Elections Act No. 17 of 2022, having received your nominations as President Candidate and Vice Presidential Candidate to whom these nomination papers relate and to which you have stated that you are qualified for election into the Office of President and Vice President of Sierra Leone, by statutory declaration therein, I want to provisionally nominate you to contest for the above offices without any objection from the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone”.
The CEC went on to assure the APC team that, “if you are committed to peace as all other political parties, we are more than committed to a free and fair elections.”
Dr. Mathew Wilson Samura Kamara assured the EC-SL that the All People’s Congress is fully committed to ensuring that there is national peace, security and unity at all levels of national development.
He added that: “As long as the elections are perfect and constituted within the laws of Sierra Leone, I do not foresee and problem. I want to assure you that there has never been a moment when the APC orchestrates or perpetrates violence in this country.
“We appreciate the difficulties you have and appreciate the important duties you discharge as a Commission. We look forward to you on a strong partnership as a formidable political party to ensure that these elections are done in free, fair and non-violent manner. Allow the democratic space for voters to exercise their judgement, but any interference, especially from the security sector, are not allowed as these are things that trigger violence”.
He appealed to the Commission to make sure that the people of Sierra Leone get a peaceful and non-interference elections. Adding; “we are committed to upheld all principles that will give us a free and fair elections. It went very successfully; we followed the processes and we have just concluded the midpoint of the electoral processes. We started off with registration and then today’s nomination and we now look forward to the final point which is the votes. We are looking forward to the capacity of the EC-SL to ensure that the elections are free and fair. We are committed to peace and we are also asking the Commission to be committed to conducting a free, fair and transparent elections.”
Dr. Samura Kamara twitted: “Today is a day of great significance for our communities as we gather to nominate me for the upcoming election. I am thrilled that my beloved party is putting forth a leader who is not only committed to serving the people, but I am also Experienced2FixDEconomy.”
Dr Samura Mathew Wilson Kamara was the Presidential Candidate for the APC party in the 2018 general Elections in Sierra Leone.
Born in Kamalo, Karene district to a mother from Kamalo, Sand Loko chiefdom and a father from Maworoko village around Gberray Junction, Maforki chiefdom – Port Loko district, Samura Kamara was raised by his parents.
After working his way through secondary school at the UCC in Bo with the help of his parents, Samura Kamara moved to Freetown and attended the St Edwards Secondary School.
In Freetown Samura Kamara continued his higher education at Fourah Bay College (FBC) University of Sierra Leone. In University he attained a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, MA in Political Economy, MSc in Economics, and a doctorate (PhD) in Development Economics from Bangor University, North Wales, United Kingdom.
Dr Samura Kamara joined the commonwealth, the Word Bank, IMF and became a top policy technocrat specialising in transforming the economies of underdeveloped and developing countries.
In 1994 he was appointed Program Manager for World Bank Structural Support Plan to Sierra Leone and served as Financial Secretary for the then government of Sierra Leone – responsible for managing bilateral and multilateral Overseas Development Assistance to Sierra Leone.
Dr Samura Kamara served as the Financial Secretary and Bank Governor of the Bank of Sierra Leone.
Under the leadership of President Koroma, Dr Samura Kamara was appointed Minister of Finance, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation respectively.
In October 2018, Dr Samura Kamara was Elected the Presidential Candidate for the APC Party in Sierra Leone.
Honourable Chernor Maju Bah. Born on 29th April 1972 in Wilberforce Western Area of Sierra Leone. He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the high court. He is a holder of LLB (Hons, USL); BL (Sierra Leone, Law School) and Currently LLM student (University of London, distance education.
Honourable Chernor Maju Bah is the leader of the main opposition All People’s Congress Party (APC). He has served in the well of Parliament as the deputy Speaker of Parliament. He was elected Member of Parliament for constituency 126 Western Area Urban in 2007.Having represented his people and with the good work he did, he was called upon again to serve them in 2012.
Honourable Chernor Bah is a member of three Committees in the house of Parliament; the Legislative Committee, Appointment and Public Service Committee and Ethics Committee.