SIERRA LEONE TO HOLD RUNOFF VOTE AS OPPOSITION WINS FIRST ROUND

SIERRA LEONE TO HOLD RUNOFF VOTE AS OPPOSITION WINS FIRST ROUND. Election workers empty a box containing ballot papers at a polling station in Freetown on March 7, 2018. Sierra Leone will hold a runoff vote for president later this month after the main opposition, Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), was leading the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC)round ballot but failed to secure a majority. The Sierra Leone People’s Party’s Julius Maada Bio won 43.3 percent of the more than two-and-a-half million votes while Samura Kamara, the candidate of President Ernest Bai Koroma’s All Peoples Congress, secured 42.7 percent. The runoff between Bio and Kamara will take place on March 27 after neither candidate obtained the required 55 percent for an outright win. Photo courtesy Agencies