Sierra Leone to Hold Runoff Vote As Opposition Wins First Round

Sierra Leone presidential poll set for Julius Maada Bio and Samura Kamara runoff

A runoff poll must take place two weeks after final results are unveiled.

Opposition leader Julius Maada Bio of the Sierra Leone People's Party led the field of 16 candidates with 43.3 percent in the first round of the vote, held last Wednesday, according to results announced by the commission in the capital Freetown.

Samura Kamara of the ruling All People's Congress (APC) polled 1, 082, 748 votes.

Third party candidate Kandeh Yumkella finished with just 6.9% of votes despite his National Grand Coalition (NGC) party's hopes of an electoral breakthrough.

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

The two parties will now square off once again in a tight second-round presidential election runoff later this month. Votes cast were 2.6 million and valid votes 2.5 million.

"The election will be exclusive between the APC presidential candidate, Dr Samura Mathew Wilson Kamara and the SLPP Presidential Candidate Julius Maada Bio".

Because of this, ballots in 154 polling stations nationwide were ordered to be recounted and results from 221 polling stations were declared null and void in line with electoral laws governing the conduct of polls.

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