Sierra Leone?s National Electoral Commission, NEC, is counting down the days leading to presidential and parliamentary elections. According to NEC, the polls are expected to be the first peaceful elections in three decades.

NEC is using state-of-the-art radio equipment to coordinate its activities leading up to the elections. Eleven political parties are registered for the elections, but only eight have presidential candidates; the rest are running only in the parliamentary race.

Local FM radio stations are playing jingles urging people to vote for a government by of the people, by the people and for the people. English to Africa reporter Josephine Kamara is on assignment in Sierra Leone and toured NEC headquarters in Freetown.