15 November 2012

Sierra Leone Elections 2012 - Useful Links

The third general election in Sierra Leone since the end of the 1991-2002 civil war is due to take place on the 17th of November. The polls will allow for voting in of the president, 112 members of parliament and 456 local councillors. In regards to the presidential election a candidate must win no less than 55% of the vote otherwise it will trigger a run-off (second round) of voting. There are nine candidates running for president but the two front runners are: President Ernest Bai Koromo of the All People's Congress (APC) and Julius Maada Bio of the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP).

Unfortunately the Sierra Leonean elections have a long history of election related violence and it will be keenly watched by many in the international community. To stay up to date with information on the election we have compiled a list of websites below that we recommend you keep an eye on. There is also a list of social media platforms where it is possible to debate and discuss the different issues as they develop.

News Websites

Cocorioko Newspaper - www.cocorioko.net

The Patriotic Vanguard Newspaper www.thepatrioticvanguard.com

Awareness Times Newspaper http://news.sl/drwebsite/publish/index.shtml

Sierra Express Newspaper - http://www.sierraexpressmedia.com

Awoko Newspaper - http://www.awoko.org/

Standard Times Press Newspaper - http://standardtimespress.org/

Swit Salone news website - http://www.switsalone.com/

BBC Q & A on Sierra Leone Elections - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20302544

Sierra Leone Telegraph news website - http://www.thesierraleonetelegraph.com/

Electoral Management Body

Electoral Commission - http://www.nec-sierraleone.org

Civil Society

Civil Society Coalition monitoring group - http://www.salonevote.com/

Political Parties

Sierra Leone Peoples Party - http://www.slpp.ws/

Social Media

Facebook

Civil Society Election Monitoring - http://www.facebook.com/SaloneElection

Sierra Leone Elections 2012 - http://www.facebook.com/groups/364070370273688/

Campaign for peaceful Sierra Leonie Elections 2012 - http://www.facebook.com/groups/275578229177204/

All People's Congress (APC) - http://www.facebook.com/pages/APC-All-Peoples-Congress/122456425777

Sierra Leone People's Phttp://www.google.com/search?client=ubuntu&channel=fs&q=rnw%2Fnl&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8arty (SLPP) - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sierra-Leone-peoples-Party-SLPP/148138221884646

Twitter

News - @sierraleonenet

News - @SwitSalone

News - @NewsSierraLeone

Election News - @SierraLeone2012

Awoko Newspaper - @awokonewspaper

Opinion and News - @SP_SierraLeone

Aid and development news @aidsierraleone

World Changing Centre - @WCC_sierraleone

Sustainability Charity - @ShineOnSL

Promoting Sierra Leone's image - @BrandSalone

President Ernest Bai Koroma - @presidentkoroma

Opposition Lead Julius Maada Bio - @JuliusmaadaBio

Blog

News - http://salonelog.blogspot.com/

Opinion and News - http://signpostsierraleone.wordpress.com/

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