Sierra Leone’s main opposition leader Julius Maada Bio has taken lead after the counting of results from 75% of the polling stations in each district.
The National Electoral Commission (NEC) released the third set of progressive presidential election results on Sunday afternoon indicating the Sierra Leone People’s Party’s Julius Maada Bio leading with 848,438 votes against Dr Samura Kamara of the ruling All Peoples Congress(APC) party’s 833,519 votes.
National Grand Coalition’s (NGC) Yumkella Kande came in third with 136,009 votes while Sam-Sumana of the Coalition For Change (C4C) garnering 67,132 votes.
Sierra Leone #NEC released 75% results of presidential election: March 11, 2018 at 2pm, Opposition party takes the lead!
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The results are still too close to call with the two front runners being neck-to-neck making a second round likely.
These results are the verified and have been cleared by the NEC’s tally centres’ IT systems and include results of 50% of polling stations that were announced by the commission on Saturday.
The chairman of the NEC Mohamed Conte while reading the results was keen to mention that the read results were partial and did not represent the complete outcome of the election.
He reminded the country that the NEC was the only authority with a mandate to deliver the election results.
The March 7 vote to replace outgoing President Ernest Bai Koroma has largely been peaceful, a triumph for a country that lived through a brutal, diamond-fuelled civil war in the 1990s, the Ebola outbreak in 2014 and the recent mudslide in 2017.