Peoples Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC)

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 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.

Essential Information

PMDC
Party Color
F3881E
Founder(s)
Charles Margai
Date Founded
January 19, 2006
Acronym
PMDC

Contact Information

12 Prince Street-off
Circular Road
Freetown
Sierra Leone

8.4821372, -13.2299566

Variable Political Party Information

Party Leader
Charles Margai
Party Chairperson
Charles Margai
Political position
Centre-right
Ideology
Liberalism
Election Year
2018
Data Sources
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People%27s_Movement_for_Democratic_Change