#SierraLeoneDecides: Outgoing President defends choice of successor

Sierra Leone’s outgoing President Ernest Baï Koroma has defended his choice of Dr. Samura Camara as his successor.

The former Foreign Minister was nominated as the ruling All People’s Congress party’s flag bearer amidst assertions that he was handpicked by the incumbent.

“Some people think that he will be the voice of his master, but this is not his character. He’ll be himself. And thanks to the experience he has gained, he knows exactly what he needs to do to move the country forward.”

This campaign is a way for some Sierra Leoneans to demand better living conditions.

“We want better educational conditions, we want better health services. We want health infrastructure, we need electricity. And if we have clean water, it’ll be fine too”, a student studying in Kambia said.

Sierra Leone’s Election Commission fixed the campaign period from 4 February to 5 March, two days before voting.

The West African nation goes to the polls on Wednesday to choose a replacement for Ernest Bai Koroma, who is stepping down after 10 years as president, along with a new parliament.