Sierra Leone opposition ahead as presidential run-off called

Lester Mason
March 14, 2018

The opposition challenger in Sierra Leone's presidential election edged ahead of the ruling party candidate by fewer than 15,000 votes, according to new partial results released on Sunday.

Samura Wilson Kamara, candidate of the ruling party, came second with 1,082,748 votes, which is 42.7 per cent of the total vote cast.

The National Grand Coalition headed by former United Nations diplomat Kandeh Yumkella, which is hoping to inflict damage on the two-party system, stood at 6.69 percent, the NEC said.

Patrick Sandy, National Unity and Reconciliation Party, scored 2,318 votes; Baba Conteh of Peace and Liberation Party, 4,233; Francis Margai, Peoples Movement for Democratic Change, 9,864 votes; and Victor Williams of Republic National Independent Party, 2,555 votes.

The two parties will now square off once again in a tight second-round presidential election runoff later this month.

The run-off vote will be held on March 27, 2018.

Chief electoral commissioner Mohamed N'Fah Alie Conteh said Tuesday that opposition candidate and former military junta leader Julius Maada Bio of the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) led the first round with 1,097,482 votes or 43.3 percent.

The AUEOM mission, he said, coverage polls counting in 88.9% (16) of the polling stations in urban areas and 11.1%(2) in rural areas, while observers reported queues outside polling stations prior to opening, and in some instances noted that voters were not properly directed to the appropriate polling stations.

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