People's Movement for Democratic Change
|Founded||January 19, 2006|
44 Mahei Boima RdBo, Sierra Leone
|Continental affiliation||Africa Liberal Network
Democrat Union of Africa (observer)
|Seats in Parliament||
0 / 112
|District Councils Chairperson||
0 / 13
The People's Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) is a socially liberal party in Sierra Leone. It is a breakaway faction of the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP). It was officially registered on 19 January 2006. The party is led by Charles Margai, the son of Sierra Leone's second prime minister Sir Albert Margai and the nephew of Sir Milton Margai. The PMDC is based in the country's second largest city of Bo.
Margai, as the PMDC's candidate in August 2007 presidential election, received third place, behind Ernest Bai Koroma of the opposition All Peoples Congress (APC) and Solomon Berewa of the SLPP. On August 19, Margai stated his support for Koroma in the second round of the election. On August 20, the PMDC's Karamoh Kabba explained what he said was the reasoning behind the decision: the PMDC sought to "ensure a more representative government, the survival of the PMDC as a political party and the creation of a third formidable political force for smooth running of democracy in Sierra Leone". Furthermore, backing the APC would help to bridge the regional political divide marking Sierra Leone's politics (the SLPP and PMDC draw their main support from the south, while the APC draws its main support from the north), while backing the SLPP would deepen it. He added that the APC had a natural reason to want the PMDC to survive, while the SLPP had a natural reason to want to destroy it.
Margai's support for the APC provoked controversy in the PMDC, with some feeling that his decision was made without properly consulting the party. Margai said on August 24 that the PMDC would campaign together with the APC for the second round.
At the parliamentary election that was held on the same day as the first round of the 2007 presidential elections, the PMDC became the third largest party in Parliament with 10 seats (out of 112). In the 2008 Local Government elections, the PMDC did less well, winning only one Council Chairperson seat (out of 19), and 4% of the council seats. All seats won by the party were in the Southern region, specifically in the Bo, Bonthe, Moyamba and Pujehun districts.
In the 2012 elections the party lost all of its remaining seats.
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- "'Why We Went APC' - PMDC's Karamoh Kabba Speaks", Awareness Times, August 20, 2007.
- Peter Clottey, "Some Executives of Sierra Leone’s Opposition PMDC Unhappy", VOA News, August 21, 2007.
- "In Sierra Leone, PMDC Rank & File Condemn Charles Margai", Awareness Times, August 20, 2007.
- "Sierra Leone opposition unite", Reuters (IOL), August 24, 2007.
- "Official election results from NEC Sierra Leone"