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People of Sierra Leone set to go to polls, finally

From civil war to Ebola to a deadly landslide, the people of the West African nation of Sierra Leone have been through a lot. Now, after a delayed election date, voters in the struggling democracy are set to vote, and turnout is expected to be high.

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