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SIERRA LEONE RUN-OFF: Dispute looms as opposition, ruling party claim win



SIERRA LEONE RUN-OFF: Dispute looms as opposition, ruling party claim win

A possible dispute seems to be looming in the West African country of Sierra Leone with the opposition party claiming to have won the recently staged presidential run-off while the ruling party says its candidate is in the lead.

According to its own compilation of results, the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) said on Monday its candidate Julius Maada Bio had won a presidential run-off election.

A tabulation by the SLPP at news conference in the capital Freetown, showed that Maada Bio took 54.11 percent of votes in the run-off with Samura Kamara garnering 45.89 percent.

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However, the spokesman for the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) told Reuters that its candidate Kamara was ahead based on a tabulation of around 83 percent of the ballots cast during the polls staged on Saturday.

The National Elections Commission of has not announced any official results from the election, which was delayed several days due to a complaint of fraud lodged by a member of the APC.

The case that led to the injunction was filed by one Ibrahim Sorie Koroma, a lawyer linked to the ruling party All People’s Congress (APC). Lawyer Koroma in his filing averred that electoral fraud allegations should be investigated before the vote goes ahead.

One of the greatest challenges for whoever wins the run-off will be to improve health care in the country following the devastating Ebola outbreak in 2014.


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