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Is Sierra Leone's Election Over Yet?

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Sierra Leone wasn't always known for going to court any given day, but a tense election has seen more lawyers suing the government than ever before. Now the writs have finally settled the run-off date for Saturday, March 31st, one observer thinks the National Election Commission (NEC) may have protested too much.



"This situation is not as complicated as the NEC is trying to let us believe," transportation analyst Victor Mengot said.  
How so?

"There are on average 300 voters per polling station," Mengo explained. "All they need is 4 personnel per Polling Station to complete the process."
By Mengot's calculation, it will take less than twenty minutes for Person A to sort out 300 votes.


Person B will then take no more than 30 minutes to count the votes,
Person C will take another 30 minutes to do verification,
Person D will take only 10 minutes to enter the result in the reconciliation and result form (RFF) to be signed by Polling Agents/Observers.

The people have spoken, but Sierra Leone goes to the polls again on March 27

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Sierra Leone's chief electoral commissioner Mohamed N'fah-Alie Conteh has announced the final results of the presidential election. Conteh said the total number of valid votes is 2,537,122. 
Presidential and parliamentary elections were held in Sierra Leone on March 7.

"Since none of the candidates of the parties for the presidential election received 55 percent of the valid votes," Commissioner Conteh said, "there will be a second election (run-off) exclusively between the All People's Congress (APC) presidential candidate Dr. Samura M. Kamara and Sierra Leone People's Party candidate Julius Maada Bio conducted nationwide on Tuesday 27th March 2018."


Sixteen presidential candidates competed in the first round of the presidential election, including one woman Josephine Olufemi Claudius-Cole of the Unity Party. 

Julius Maada Bio, Sierra Leone People's Party, 1,097, 482, 43.3 percent
Samura M.W. Kamara, All People's Congress, 1,082,748, 42.7 pe…

Wednesday, March 7 | Election Day Sierra Leone 2018 in Freetown

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It's Sierra Leone's Election 2018 day and voters have been lining up since 4 a.m local time, waiting for polling stations to open between 7 and 7:30 a.m.
People expect long lags in the overall process.

 "Confirmed results aren't expected for another week, although there are signs some results will be announced on Thursday," one observer said.

Sierra Eye, the media organization that hosted televised debates in partnership with democratic governance institutions, has been out and about in Freetown, the nation's capital city. Below are polling station reports and photos. Can you spot the politicians and celebrities? 

 The first five hours of the voting process in the Western Rural/Urban Area have been generally well organized and without major incident. Polling agents and voters alike have expressed general satisfaction with a process that, while not particularly fast, has been steady with a few exceptions.

The slowness of progress has caused voters in some const…

Election Countdown to March 7, 2018

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While the election clock counts down to March 7, Sierra Leone's stadium in the nation's capital has become the battleground for quarter-final and semi-final matchups. 
By international standards, the stadium has a permanent and infield seating for about 30,000 people, but local experts say the venue built by the Chinese in the 1970's and refurbished within the last five years, can pack 75,000 people.

No way, say the skeptics. That number is closer to 50,000.

The cynics say 40,000 is a stretch and so the battle of the headcount goes on.

Sierra Leone's crowd counters don't have nine lens cameras with 360-degree views or static cameras that are solar powered 24/7.

But they swear their method of crowd counting, head by head by the head by head, is a more accurate prediction of the outcome than any computer-aided technology.