Yes, on November 17th, Sierra Leone will hold it's presidential elections. Officially the campaigning starts on the 15th of October. Unofficially, it has already begun. Today there was an SLPP rally throughout town. We first spotted then on Fourah Road from our office window just before we were due to leave the hospital to head to the west side of town. Fortunately, although there was rallying in various parts in the city, our trip didn't really take that much longer. In an hour and 15 minutes we were home.
Even this evening a rally came right past my house. It consisted of a couple of vans, huge speakers, many people trailing behind them, loud music, green clothing and lots of dancing. The strange part was when they passed through the street for a second time an hour later playing a soundtrack that ended with gunshots and glass shattering. That was a bit too bizarre for me.
It will be very interesting to see how politics takes over the city during the next 6 weeks. All I can say is that I hope it stays calm. Sweet Salone please remain peaceful!