By Lawrence Williams
The Electoral Commission for Sierra Leone (ECSL) today announced 60% of the presidential results of Saturday’s polls. The commission said the results represent 60 percent of the total polling stations results processed for each district.
An analysis of the results indicates that the incumbent Julius Maada Bio of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) is leading with 55.9%, while his main challenger, Dr. Samura Kamara of the All Peoples Congress (APC) is trailing behind with 41.5%.
Further analysis indicates that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is likely to emerge as the third force in this election, trailing behind the two major parties by 0.8%. Column Chart showing the number and percentages of the 60% results announced by ECSL.
Known as the most credible and independent elections watchdog in Sierra Leone, the National Elections Watch (NEW) yesterday released its preliminary statement of the polls, noting that they deployed 6,000 election observers throughout the country covering all polling centres, and that they have comprehensive data of the entire electioneering process including the polling results. NEW said they trust the electoral commission. However, if the need arises they would come up with a “verification statement” after the electoral commission would have made the final official announcement of the results.
The remaining 40 percent and final announcement of the presidential result is expected to be done tomorrow, according to a statement by the chief electoral commissioner on local media.