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In pictures: Sierra Leone poll party

NDA supporters

Campaigning in Sierra Leone has been feverish, colourful and a good excuse for a street party ahead of polls on Saturday to elect a new president and 112 MPs.

PMDC supporters

Out of seven presidential contenders, there are three front-runners, including Charles Margai whose supporters turned out in force in the capital, Freetown, on Wednesday.

SLPP supporters in front on a poster of Solomon Berewa

Outgoing President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah's deputy, Solomon Berewa, is the candidate for the ruling party. Their victory in 2002 followed a brutal 10-year civil war.

Ernest Bai Koroma

Ernest Bai Koroma came second in that presidential race for the party which ruled for more than two decades before the conflict. He hopes to capitalise on its popularity in Freetown.

Policeman at a campaign rally in Sierra Leone

Security has been tight, as there have been fears of violence with hundreds of unemployed ex-combatants around. UN peacekeepers withdrew in December 2005.

Artists for Peace on motorbikes in Kenema (Picture by Michelle Delaney)

A group of popular musicians, Artists for Peace, have been travelling the country calling for peaceful polls. They ride into town and sing their message to big crowds.

SLPP supporters in Sierra Leone wearing green T-shirts (Picture by BBC's Umaru Fofana)

Some 50,000 people died in the civil conflict and thousands of people had limbs hacked off by rebels. Here, some amputees attend a street rally.

APC supporter in Sierra Leone

Correspondents say most voters want the same thing from the winner: jobs and access to better public services. For more on the polls tune into BBC Network Weekend Africa.


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