Opposition takes slim lead in Sa Leone

Lester Mason
March 13, 2018

It followed the announcement of partial results from the March 7 votes which has since put opposition Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) presidential candidate, Julius Maada Bio, slightly ahead of the incumbent All People's Congress (APC) party candidate, Samura Kamara.

NEC chair Mohamed N'fah Alie-Conteh told a Press Conference at NEC HQs in Freetown that the remaining results would be released as soon as possible.

Mr. Conteh said that result representing 75 per cent of the polling stations in each of the 16 districts in the country had been cleared by NEC Tally Centre Information Technology Systems.

Kandeh Yumkella, of the National Grand Coalition, is in the third position with 6.95 percent of votes.

Sierra Leone's voters are choosing a new president Wednesday from among 16 candidates in a race that has sparked debate over dual nationality and eligibility for the country's highest office.

Other candidates were Kamaraimba Mansaray of Alliance Democratic Party (ADP) who secured 13, 507 votes; Musa Tarawally of Citizens' Democratic Party (CDP) with 5,682 votes and Chernoh Bah of National Democratic Alliance (NDA), 4, 144 votes.

Conteh assured that NEC, as the only authority responsible to announce election results, was committed to producing accurate results that reflected the will of Sierra Leoneans as expressed on the ballots.

Sierra Leone's presidential election results were too close to call after three quarters of the votes had been counted on Sunday, with the two frontrunners neck-and-neck, making a second round highly likely.

The victor will replace outgoing President Ernest Bai Koroma of APC, who has completed the mandatory two-terms of five years each.Some 789 candidates also contested for 132 seats in the 144-member parliament.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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