Sierra Leone’s National Electoral Commission has declared March 27 for a run-off as no presidential candidate scored the mandatory 55 per cent of total valid votes cast in the March 7 election.
NEC Chairman, Mohamed Conteh, made the declaration while announcing the 100 per cent result of the election at the commission headquarters on Tuesday in Freetown.
According to the result, the opposition candidate Julius Maada Bio led with 1,097, 482 votes, making 43.3 per cent of the 2,537,122 votes cast.
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.
Kolle Yemkulla of National Grand Coalition (NGC) polled 174,014 votes; Kamaraimba Mansaray, candidate of the Alliance Democratic Party (ADP) secured 26,704 votes while Musa Tarawally of Citizens’ Democratic Party (CDP) got 11,493.
Samuel Sam-Sumana of Coalition for Change (C4C) scored 87,720 votes; Chernoh Bah of National Democratic Alliance (NDA), 8,344 votes; and John O’Dwyer of National Progressives Democrats (NPD) 34, 239 votes.
“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.
He added that Jemba Ngobeh of Revolution United Front Party (RUFP) got 12, 827 votes; Mohamed Sowa-Turay, United Democratic Movement, 5,695; Henry Kabuta, United National Peoples Party (UNPP), 3, 825 votes and Olufemi Claudius-Cole of Unity Party (UP), scored 3, 825 votes.
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“Since none of the candidates of the parties for the presidential elections received 55 per cent of the valid vote cast pursuant to section 43(2)e and (f) of the Constitution of Sierra Leone , 1991, there will be a second election (run-off).
“The election will be exclusive between the APC presidential candidate, Dr. Samura Mathew Wilson Kamara and the SLPP Presidential Candidate Julius Maada Bio.
“Polling in the second election (rerun) between the two candidates will be concluded nationwide on Tuesday March 27,’’ Conteh said.
Conteh explained that after deliberation with political parties requesting for re-counts, the commission ordered recounts in 154 polling stations.
He gave the total voter turnout in the election as 2, 676, 549 and total invalid votes as 139, 427.
The turnout was 85 per cent of the registered voters of 3.1million.