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A new report by the World Bank and International Finance Corporation says 17 sub-Saharan countries are among the 50 economies making the biggest improvement in business regulation for domestic firms.
The improvement has been going on since 2005.
Political campaigning ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections on 17 November is gaining momentum, but with adverse impact on schools and commercial activities in the capital, Freetown.
This is so when the two leading parties – the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) and main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) – take to the streets.
The African Union Commission has announced it will deploy 40 Election Observers to monitor Sierra Leone’s upcoming presidential and general elections.
The AU Observer Mission to the 17 November polls will be headed by a yet-to-be named former African Head of State, official sources disclosed in Freetown, the capital.
In Sierra Leone, the number of women qualified to contest parliamentary and local council seats has disappointingly failed to reach the 30 percent quota they have been advocating for gender representation.
However, those qualified to contest are optimistic that they will win come 17 November when the country goes to the polls to elect a president and members of parliament and local councils.
Civil society working groups Monday held a consultative meeting to discuss the process of developing the third generation Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP3) for Sierra Leone.
The document, dubbed the Agenda for Prosperity by the Ernest Bai Koroma government, is a road map for national development.
Several school teachers have received recognition for their role in the promotion girls’ education in the West African state.
The honorees, including a female teacher of 38 years service in the classroom, received cash prizes of two million Leones (about US$500) and certificates of recognition from a local NGO.
The awards, the first of its kind in Sierra Leone, formed part of celebrations marking the first International Day of the Girl, which focused on the need for quality education for girls.
Since Sierra Leone’s civil war ended over one decade ago, the country has been striving to improve girls’ education by encouraging parents to send their girl child to school.
As our Freetown correspondent Mohamed Konneh reports, the latest award program for teachers was organized by Youth Advocacy Network, with support from Plan International Sierra Leone.
There has been no let up in the controversy over the constitutionality of Sierra Leone’s criminal and seditious libel laws contained in the Public Order Act of 1965.
Former Information Minister Dr. Julius Spencer has filed a constitutional challenge at the Supreme Court, questioning the constitutionality of the law.
Official campaigning has not been declared in Sierra Leone’s November polls, but the massive turnout of the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) on Monday in Freetown, the capital, has left many wondering what the campaign period would be like.
The occasion was the submission of nominations for the presidential and parliamentary contests to the National Electoral Commission to fulfill NEC's requirements.
The European Union Observer Mission to Sierra Leone has called on local journalists and political parties to refrain from the use of hate speech to ensure a peaceful election in the post-war West African nation.
The EU mission made the call at a weekend press conference officially launching its observation of next month’s Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Council elections.
Sierra Leone’s Human Rights Commission has released findings from a public inquiry into alleged gross violation of human rights in the mining town of Bunbuna, indicting the police for overreacting in quelling a violent strike at the local mine.
During the mine workers strike last April, violence erupted and left one person killed and several others wounded in Bunbuna, Tonkolili District, in the north of Sierra Leone.