Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Breaking news in Sierra Leone - Presidential Elections…

As of tonight, Sierra Leone will have a new President, with the swearing in taking place any time now. Congratulations Julius Maada Bio. It was a 4 week process, but we finally have an outcome. 

The first round of elections between 16 Presidential candidates was held on the 7th of March, 2018. The results were announced on the 13th of March. SLPP was in the lead with 43.3% of the votes, with APC closely behind with 42.7%. Since neither party had more than 55% or more, a run-off election was announced for the 27th March 2018. NGC had 6.9% of the votes and C4C 3.5%. The remaining 12 parties all had 1.1% or less. There was an 84% voter turnout. 

However, on the 26th March we awaited a decision by the High Court due to an interim injunction halting the runoff presidential election. Fortunately it was halted and the run-off election was allowed to go ahead, however, due to logistics that needed to be put in place, the run-off was postponed to Saturday 31 March, 2018. 

On Saturday 31 March, 2018, the run-off Presidential election was held. 2,578,271 people voted in 11,122 polling stations across the country, representing 81/11% of all registered voters.

On Monday 2 April, 2018 the tallying was halted due to a disagreement between the parties on the process used.  Later that day ballot counting and tallying continued with both parties having come to an agreement with the National Electoral Commission resolving the earlier dispute about which system to use. 

On 4 April, 2018, just after 10 pm, the National Electoral Commission announced that Bio Julius Made, having polled 51.81% of the valid votes cast on the 31st March 2018 Presidential election run-off, has been duly elected President of the Republic of Sierra Leone. 

There has been a lot of cheering, singing, whistle blowing, banging of pot covers tonight as many Sierra Leoneans are out in the streets celebrating. Let's hope for continued peace and for good conduct amongst people from various political parties. Hopefully everyone will graciously accept the election results. The people have spoken.

Congratulations Sierra Leone on conducting a peaceful, fair and transparent election. The people have decided and effected change. Let’s work together for the good of the country. Be positive. One country, one people. πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡±πŸ’š

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