Sierra Leone’s presidential election run-off put off

Sierra Leone’s presidential election run-off put off

The presidential run-off election in Sierra Leone slated for Tuesday has been put off by a court in the country.

This followed a suit filed by a member of the ruling All Peoples Congress, APC, Ibrahim Sorie Koroma, for an injunction to delay the election.

The injunction, he said, was to allow for a probe of electoral malpractices said to have occurred in the first election.

No new date has been fixed for the election.

It would be recalled that ahead of the presidential run-off election scheduled for Tuesday, Nigeria’s former President Goodluck Jonathan has arrived Sierra Leone.

He arrived the country on Friday, according to his spokesman, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze.

Jonathan is leading the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) Election Observation Mission, arrived Freetown on Friday.

Eze also disclosed that Jonathan led EISA to the first round of the elections held on March 7.

None of the candidates polled the required 55 per cent of votes to win at the first ballot.

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EISA had declared the process of the March 7 general elections as peaceful and credible.

The mission, in its interim report, presented to the media on March 9 added that the elections were “conducted substantially in line with sub-regional, continental and international standards.”

It also observed that voter turnout was impressive while the conduct of electoral personnel was professional.

Jonathan who presented the report also appealed to the people of Sierra Leone and all stakeholders to remain calm until the final electoral processes were concluded.

In the final official results by the National Electoral Commission, the Sierra Leone Peoples Party’s (SLPP) won the first round with 43.5% of the votes cast while the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) came second with 42.7%.

With the result announced by the nation’s electoral body, the run-off will be between the ruling party candidate, Samura Kamara and main opposition candidate Julius Maada Bio.

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