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Sierra Leone: Koroma re-elected president with 58.7%

Pres. Ernest Bai Koroma lors sa prestation de sermentPres. Ernest Bai Koroma lors sa prestation de serment
November 23, 2012

Incumbent President Ernest Bai Koroma has won the presidential election, pulling 58.7 % of votes cast, while main challenger Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio got 37.4 % of the votes, according to results released by the National Electoral Commission (NEC) Friday.

NEC said Koroma of the All People’s Congress (APC) got 1,314, 881 (58.7%) of the valid votes, winning a second five-year term, while main opponent Bio of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) got 837,517 votes (37.4%) .

The other results are Joshua Albert Carew of the CDP with 22,863 votes or 1.0%; Gibrilla Kamara of the PDP with 8,273 votes or 0.4%; Kandeh Baba Conteh of the PLP with 6,144 votes or 0.3% and Charles Francis Margai of the PMDC with 28,944 votes or 1.3%.

Others are Eldred Collins of the RUFP with 12,993 votes or 0.6%; Mohamed Bangura of the UDM with 5,069 votes or 0.2% and James Obai Fullah of the UNPP with 5,044 votes or 0.2%.

“Ernest Bai Koroma has been duly elected President of Sierra Leone by the Presidential Election of 2012. Any citizen of Sierra Leone may challenge the validity of the election of the president by petition to the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone within seven days of the declaration of presidential results,” declared NEC chairperson Christina Thorpe.

She disclosed that the average national turnout was 87.3%, and that 4.7% of the ballots were invalid.

The 2012 election was a four-in-one contest, comprising presidential, parliamentary, local councils and mayoral elections.

The 17 November election was the third since the end of the 11-year civil war in 2002, which claimed the lives of over 70,000 people.

The polls will go down in history as the first solely conducted by NEC after two others held in collaboration with the United Nations.

WADR's Freetown correspondent Mohamed Konneh sent in this clip with the NEC chairperson announcing the results.

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