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Sierra Leone News: Don’t miss the 2018 Presidential Debate – tonight

Presidential candidates will face each other and the nation, tonight, 15 February 2018, in a much-anticipated debate of ideologies, strategies and goals for governance. Six men from six political parties, across the political spectrum will stand before the people of Sierra Leone. The seventh man on stage will be our own, Hassan Arouni, on loan from the BBC in London. Arouni will moderate and guide each candidate and the audience through a series of inquisitive and insightful questions and scenarios.
By far, this will be the most listened to or watched event in the history of Sierra Leone. Millions of people are expected to tune in to AYV, SLBC or Star TV or on any number of radio stations including Radio Democracy, Universal and the Independent Radio Network. From the smallest village to the centres of Freetown, Makeni, Bo and Kenema, all radios and televisions will host the Presidential debate. And, for those online or outside the country, they can tune in through Facebook or AYV online.
After meeting a rigid criteria of nominating candidates in at least 25% of the country, the six men and parties are: Samura Kamara, All People’s Congress (APC), Julius Maada Bio, Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), Kandeh Yumkella, National Grand Coalition (NGC), Musa Tarawally, Citizen’s Democratic Party (CDP), Samuel Sam Sumana, Coalition for Change (C4C) and Kamarainba Mansaray, Alliance Democratic Party (ADP). The other, smaller parties will be invited to make a short statement at the debate but will not participate with the six candidates.
According to the President of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), Kelvin Lewis, “We have always wanted a national and all inclusive program that will be Sierra Leonean-led and one which is driven by a desire to render public service.”
The Presidential Debate Committee merges initiatives by SLAJ, the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC), National Electoral Commission (NEC), on the one hand, with the Sierra Leone Decides program of AYV TV and Radio. CEO of AYV, Anthony Navo, said, “This is about Sierra Leone and we want a credible and factual debate in the interests of the people of Sierra Leone.”
Thursday February 15, 2017.

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