By Alpha Bedoh Kamara
After a heated and social media-hazed campaign period during the parliamentary and presidential elections in Sierra Leone, the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) political party and the Sierra Leone Peoples Party will again go to the polls on March 27th, 2018.
16 political parties contested the presidential elections held on March 7th, 2018 which ended in contention amongst supporters of the two major political parties in the country over voting malpractices which resulted in a recount of ballot boxes in some districts.
While the APC and SLPP prepare for the elections on the 27th, the success of either of these parties to win the presidency depends on the other influential political parties which also command a greater following of supporters.
The National Grand Coalition (NGC) headed by former SLPP member, Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella; Coalition for Change (C4C) party headed by former vice president of the APC, Alhaji Sam-Sumana; and National Alliance Democratic Party headed by Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray, could now influence the outcome of the elections.
The utmost surprise in the election is the support garnered by the Revolutionary United Front Party (RUFP) a political platform of the then Revolutionary United Front armed group headed by late Foday Sabana Sankoh. The RUF, which later became a political party after a peace agreement between the Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone and the RUF, garnered 12, 827 (0.5 percent) of the total vote count in the elections.
With a history which hallmarks is still being felt everywhere in the country, the RUFP took Sierra Leoneans by surprise regarding their growing popularity, but supporters say they look up to the future for better governance, inclusiveness, and unity.