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Sierra Leone Elections - 2002-04-19

With the approach of next month’s presidential election in Sierra Leone, we will be providing in-depth reports about the various political parties and their candidates.

The election, which is the first since the civil war ended, is scheduled for May 14th. The government says it is relying on its achievements to win. The spokesman for President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah, Professor Septimus Kaikai, told English to Africa reporter Chinedu Offor that the government has improved the economy and has provided free education.

Mr. Kaikai says the government will ensure that the elections are free and fair. He says all parties taking part will have access to all parts of the country to campaign for their candidates.