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Sierra Leone’s 2018 General Elections.

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Sierra Leoneans went to the polls to elect a president, a set of lawmakers and councillors to steer affairs of the West African country.

The elections body, the National Electoral Commission (NEC), had said repeatedly that it was ready to produce a free, fair and credible process.

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The polls slated for March 7 were crucial to the extent that the country was set to welcome a new president due to the ineligibility of Ernest Bai Koroma to stand for another term in office.

Koroma under the banner of the All People’s Congress (APC) had exhausted his two mandates as allowed by the constitution from 2007 – 2018.

Registered voters: 3,178,663 (1,654,228 females and 1,524,435 males)
Voter turnout: 2,67,549 (84.2%)
Parties that participated: 17 with 16 fielding presidential aspirants (14 men, 2women).
Parliamentary Aspirants: 795 (100 female, 695 male)
Chair / Mayor Aspirants: 120 (18 female, 102 male)
Local councillor Aspirants: 2,623 (464 female, 2,159 male)

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Abiy Ahmed wins the 2019 Nobel Peace Award

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for immersly efforts to end two decades of hostility with longtime enemy Eritrea.

Though Africa’s youngest leader still faces big challenges, he has in under two years in power begun political and economic reforms that promise a better life for many in impoverished Ethiopia and restored ties with Eritrea that had been frozen since a 1998-2000 border war.

“We are proud as a nation,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement, hailing a “collective win for all Ethiopians, and a call to strengthen our resolve in making Ethiopia – the new horizon of hope – a prosperous nation for all.”

It said the prize was meant to recognize “all the stakeholders working for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and in the East and Northeast African regions.”

The Nobel Committee’s decision appeared designed to encourage the peace process, echoing the 1994 peace prize shared by Israeli and Palestinian leaders and the 1993 award for moves towards reconciliation in South Africa, said Dan Smith, head of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

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