Loosing party in Sierra Leone election challenges result in court

Main challenger in the just concluded election, Samura Kamara of the opposition All People’s Congress(APC) has on Thursday filed a petition in the Supreme Court that the presidential run-off election result was fundamentally flawed.

Samura Kamara filed the petition together with the APC vice chairman, Alhaji Minkailu Mansaray and the national Secretary General, Osman Foday Yansaneh.

They filed the petition against the chairperson of the National Electoral Commission (NEC), Mohamed N’fa Allie Conteh, NEC, and President Julius Maada Bio of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP).

The APC has petitioned that they were deprived of victory in the election for the presidency of Sierra Leone and accused the first defendant, Mohamed N’fa Allie Conteh that, notwithstanding the irregularities, he went ahead and announced Julius Maada Bio as president.

They prayed that the court determines that the NEC chairperson acted illegally when he included results of polling stations where over voting took place.

They also prayed that the court directs all results of polling stations where over voting took place be excluded from the final tallying and final results declared by the NEC chairperson.

They further urged that the court directs that the declaration of Julius Maada Bio as duly elected president in the presidential held on March 31 was invalid and cannot be supported in law and any other or further orders that the court may deem fit and just.

Meanwhile,the Supreme Court has not set a date to hear the matter but has accepted the petition.

The 2018 election was hotly contested with sixteen political parties participating in the first round on March 7, 2018. Since none of the political parties secured the threshold of 55 percent to clinch the presidency, a run-off was conducted on March 31 between Samura Kamara of the APC and Julius Maada Bio of SLPP.

In the presidential run-off election,Julius Maada Bio was declared winner with 51.81 percent,while Samura Kamara Secured 48.19 percent.

Immediately after he was declared winner, Julius Maada Bio was sworn in as President of the Republic of Sierra Leone. He would be inaugurated on May 12 at the Siaka Steven Stadium in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone.

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