Covering March 7 Elections on Polling Day

posing with chair of the Independent Media Commission, IMC, Ambassador Alieu Kanu at the SLBC on Elections day

Voting went on March 7 2018, in relatively calm situations. Apart from a few centres where the process begin a little late after 7 am when polling was to start, here at the ARK, Robert Street poling centre, constituency 125, voting started in time.

Materials arrived before the voting started in earnest. The centre has 10 polling booths, each segmented in two for Presidential and Parliamentary candidates and two for Mayor and Local Council candidates. I voted in the 10th polling booth and the process was calm. Outgoing Member of Parliament, Hon. Francis Kowa also voted here.

Scores of voters crammed the centre and a special provision was made for the aged, pregnant women and the differently able person. The police has little role to play and one of the officers who spoke to  say they are here to do their jobs and so far there has been no security threats

Except for an isolated incident as a voter was spotted with a bottle of alcohol. He was frowned at and officials were alerted and the miscreant was taken care of. Party agents were present and each one of them said they are satisfied with the process so far.

At Syke street polling centres there were rumblings about the starting time and the presence of party agents to inspect voting materials well before voting started. An agent for the National Grand Coalition (NGC) said the NEC officials were not saying anything to them. Alongside the polling agents were voters anxiously waiting to cast their votes.

At Kroo town Road and Priscilla Street, voters queue patiently to cast their votes and the process went on without complaints. A similar situation could be said about the Christ Church polling centre in which the lines were fast reducing.

Security is watertight, streets are free of vehicular traffic and the police are stationed in strategic locations to carry out stops and checks, and vehicles searched. At Campbell Street, Pademba Road Junction, a joint operations team comprising the Police, OSD and Military Police was commonplace.

The crucial part was in the evening when police had a course t chase after some people around the polling centres. Some politicians were around to observe after casting their ballots. This did not go down well with other opponents as in the case of brookfields hotel wherein the running mate of the All People’s Congress voted. That Constituency was hotly contested as the SLPP aspirant Junior Bio was ordered to be arrested on trumped up allegations of stabbing an opponent.

St. John area was also peopled by nearby resident when it was reported that the NEC officials had asked observers and party agents out of the centre during ballots counting in the evening hours.

The police raided a centre when Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio had a tally centre following up on the results after polling on suspicion of him having a hacking device to tamper results in the national tally centre at the NEC headquarters.

Next articleKrios for APC Back Dr. Samura Kamara for President
Abu Bakarr Tarawally is a Journalist based in Freetown. He works for the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation as a radio producer. He has once served as Editor for a few newspapers in Freetown, including Sierra Express Media, The Exclusive Newspaper and his own newspaper, the Daily Express Publications. He is a teacher trainer, and loves writing and reading a lot. Email: Call +232 88601277 or +2327661303.


  1. Thanks a lot for sharing this with all people you really know what you’re speaking approximately!

    Bookmarked. Please also visit my website =). We will have a hyperlink change contract between us

  2. Howdy! I know this is sort of off-topic however
    I needed to ask. Does managing a well-established blog such as yours take a large amount of work?
    I’m brand new to running a blog but I do write in my diary everyday.

    I’d like to start a blog so I will be able to share my personal experience and views online.
    Please let me know if you have any suggestions
    or tips for brand new aspiring blog owners. Thankyou!

    • Really it takes much of your time to be consistent with your content and keep a daily readership traffic. When we started, the feeling was like how are we going to attract readers. The inner mind said keep doing it on a daily basis. Again the editorial policy here is kind of open as we report freely on issues and encourage almost everybody’s opinion because we believe in maintaining a virile press than a subservient one. Little by little, we kept it going. Each day ponder over a talking point and always report news on time. This is my basic little advice. Try this and please let me know what the outcome would be.

      Kindest regards.

  3. Hello.This post was extremely motivating, especially because I was browsing for thoughts on this subject last Thursday. bdgededgddde

  4. Attractive section of content. I just stumbled upon your website and in accession capital to assert that I get in fact enjoyed account your blog posts. Any way Ill be subscribing to your feeds and even I achievement you access consistently rapidly. dcegkkgffgff

  5. I’m now not positive where you’re getting your information, but great topic.
    I needs to spend some time finding out more or understanding more.
    Thanks for excellent info I was in search of this info for my mission.

  6. Woah! I’m really loving the templatetheme of this website. It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s hard to get that perfect balance between usability and visual appeal. I must say you have done a great job with this. In addition, the blog loads super quick for me on Firefox. Excellent Blog! acdkeadbcdfa

  7. Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is a really well written article. Ill make sure to bookmark it and return to read more of your useful information. Thanks for the post. I will definitely return. eckgedbkeaeg

  8. It is really a nice and helpful piece of info. Im glad that you shared this helpful information with us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing. fgaedddgaeck

  9. Merely a smiling visitor here to share the love , btw outstanding style. Audacity, a lot more audacity and always audacity. by Georges Jacques Danton. gdakdcfdbbbdcdkf

  10. Wonderful blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News.

    Do you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo
    News? I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to
    get there! Appreciate it

  11. There are some attentiongrabbing points in time in this article but I dont know if I see all of them heart to heart. There may be some validity however I will take maintain opinion until I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we would like extra! Added to FeedBurner as properly dkbfcadedbedkaed

  12. Чтобы запросы заказчиков были удовлетворены максимально полно, наша компания практикует индивидуальный подход к каждому заказу аренды строительной техники http://www.техникаспец.рф . Ассортимент состоит из самого востребованного оборудования, которое обеспечено регулярным техническим и сервисным обслуживанием, поэтому всегда имеет отличное состояние. Лучшие цены и качество в Гатчине при оформлении заказа гарантируются.

  13. You produced some decent points there. I looked on the net to the problem and discovered many people goes together with along along with your web site. bdefafdddbkg

  14. I just like the helpful info you supply on your articles. I will bookmark your blog and take a look at once more here regularly. I’m somewhat sure Ill learn a lot of new stuff right right here! Best of luck for the following! kbedfbkbaceadfad

  15. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was wondering what
    all is needed to get set up? I’m assuming having a blog
    like yours would cost a pretty penny? I’m not very web savvy
    so I’m not 100% sure. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here