The long-anticipated District Elections of the Sierra Leone Traders Union (SLeTU) Bo District is finally underway today at the Methodist Youth Resource Center on Dambala Road. This significant event marks the end of a prolonged period of internal disputes and postponements.

The election, originally scheduled earlier this year, faced delays due to unresolved issues and internal conflicts among the union members. The National Executive had to step in, organizing several dialogues and meetings to address the tensions, particularly regarding the eligibility criteria and the update of the delegates’ list.

Today, 18 aspirants are vying for various positions within the union. The chairmanship race includes four candidates: Esther Pendema Koroma, the sole female contender, and three males – Edwin Joe Kulanda, Patrick Ishmael Zombo, and Alhaji Umaru Jalloh. Other positions being contested include Vice Chairman, District chairlady, Secretary General, Financial Secretary, and Public Relations Officer (PRO). Notably, the positions of Vice Chair Lady and Organizing Secretary are being contested unopposed.

The election atmosphere is currently calm, with a significant security presence ensuring the process remains peaceful. Despite the intense heat, approximately 1,000 eligible delegates are patiently standing in long queues, awaiting their turn to vote.

Today’s election is a crucial step towards resolving the internal conflicts within the Bo District Traders Union and setting a course for future stability and development.