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Sierra Leone News
More than 2.69 million Sierra Leoneans are eligible to vote in the presidential and parliamentary elections slated for 17 November this year, according the voter roll released by the National Electoral Commission (NEC).
NEC Chairperson Dr. Christiana Thorpe told a news conference in Freetown Tuesday that 4 October has been set for nomination of presidential candidates and would be followed by nomination of parliamentarians across the country.
Binkolo in the Safroko Limba Chiefdom in Northern Sierra Leone once noted for rights violations against women and the girl child over the years has made a remarkable break from the practice.
Among harmful practices the township won a reputation for were ‘initiating’ (performing female genital mutilation) girls as young as five years and carrying out forced marriages of minor girls.
Sierra Leone’s parliamentary session has ended, and judging from public sentiments, many MPs may well be packing their bags for the final exit, as elections are due in less than two months.
Installed in 2007, the 112-member legislative body was dominated by lawmakers from President Ernest Bai Koroma’s ruling All People’s Congress (APC).
The government of Sierra Leone and the multi-stakeholder group of the Sierra Leone Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (SLEITI) Monday launched the country's 2nd SLEITI Reconciliation report in Freetown, the capital.
The report span 2008 to 2010 revenues government generated from mining companies and what was actually paid by these companies.
A local non-governmental organization has kicked off a massive sensitization across the country promoting tolerance and non-violence in the run-up to and after Sierra Leone’s November 2012 elections.
Pampana Communications, with support from the Open Society Initiatives for West Africa (OSIWA), will use a multi-media approach that includes community theatre, radio drama, radio jingles and mobile public address system to spread the message for peaceful polls in the West African nation.
Sierra Leone’s government has awarded nine provisional offshore oil blocks to companies, after what President Ernest Bai Koroma’s office called, “a painstaking and time-consuming technical evaluation process.”
There has been another standoff between some angry youths and police in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown.
A police officer is alleged to have opened fire among a group of youths on a Street in Freetown, wounding four of them.
By William Selmah/WADR Correspondent
A sub-regional meeting of human rights activists is underway in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, with participants expected to review activities and progress in human rights advocacies in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ivory Coast and Liberia.
A new law has been passed in Ghana banning the use of mobile phone while driving, with authorities citing serious safety reasons.
The European Union Delegation to Liberia has identified social exclusion and discrimination as two issues that remain obstacles to Liberia’s pursuit of inclusive economic development and a likely source of future conflict unless adequately addressed, an EU press statement said in Monrovia on Tuesday..