Sierra Leoneans will go to the polls for general elections meant to elect a new president and vote into office a new parliament.
The March 7, 2018 polls is key for the main reason that its conduct will underline the growth of electoral democracy in the West Africa region. History will be made either way, whether the ruling party or the opposition wins the presidency.
But outgoing Ernest Bai Koroma will hope to handover to his party’s candidate whiles the main opposition party will hope to stage a comeback after a decade out.
The ruling All Peoples’ Congress (APC) have picked former foreign minister Samura Kamara as flagbearer whiles the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples’ Party (SLPP) is fielding a former military ruler Julius Maado Bio, who lost the last election to Bai Koroma.
Both parties have been hit by breakaways as some top guns on both sides have left to form parties with the hopes of upsetting the odds.
According to the Sierra Leone National Electoral Commission (NEC) sixteen candidates have filed to run for president. They include two women and fourteen men.