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The wounds of the civil war are still festering. The Ebola epidemic has isolated it from the world. Now Sierra Leone hopes elections can change the tide.

On 7 March, approximately 3.1 million electors will head to the polls in Sierra Leone to choose a new president and parliamentary representatives as well as administrative delegates in the country’s 14 districts. According to the latest polls, the leading presidential candidate (from the 13 nominated by various political parties) is Samura Kamara, the current minister of foreign affairs. Kamara is a member of the All People’s Congress (APC), the party that is in government and to which the outgoing president, Ernest Bai Koroma, also belongs. Kamara was selected by his party from a list of 26 aspiring candidates. He has previously served as minister of finance and governor of the central bank. The APC’s vice presidential nominee is former parliamentary spokesperson Chernor Maju Bahas.

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