A total of 792 candidates were successfully nominated by 16 political parties with 43 independent candidates, to participate in the 7 March 2018 general elections for 132 Parliamentary seats. Most political parties failed to nominate candidates in many constituencies because each party should have nominated 132 candidates.
The number of candidates been nominated to participates in the coming elections represents 32% of the expected 2,508 supposed candidates from the 16 parties that did nominates and the independent whilst those that were not nominated represent 68 percent.
Out of the 16 parties, Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) and All People’s Congress (APC) were the only two that nominated 132 Parliamentary candidates each followed by Coalition for Change (C4C) who nominated 129. The National Grand Coalition nominated 127/132. The Citizens Democratic Party, (CDP) filed 109/132 and the Alliance Democratic Party (ADP) nominated 35/132 candidates.
Across the country, a total of 43 independent candidates were nominated. Some of these independent candidates are running after being refused a party symbol. Among the 43 independent candidates for that would be contesting the 2018 parliamentary elections, Kailahun, Kenema, Kono and Pujehun will account for approximately 50% of them.
The C4C party of former Vice-President, Sam Sumana, was able to field the third highest number of candidates for Member of Parliament and was closely followed by the National Grand Coalition (NGC) party of former UNIDO head, Kandeh Yumkela, with 127 candidates.
By Betty Milton
Thursday February 01, 2018.