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Ruling party’s candidate, Kamara, in slight lead with 25% of results released

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Freetown, Sierra Leone, March 10 (Infosplusgabon) - Electoral Commission (NEC) Sierra Leone Saturday in Freetown released 25% of the processed votes of the March 7 presidential, parliamentary and local council elections.

The candidate of the ruling All People's Congress (APC), Dr Samura Kamara, got 44.6%; rtd Brig. Julius Maada Bio of the opposition Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) received 42%, while Kabdeh Yimkellah of the National Grand Alliance (NGC) is in third position with 6.6% of the processed votes.


NEC registered some 3.17 million voters in the country's 16 administrative Districts, out of which some 654,000 votes have been processed.


NEC chair Mohamed N'fah Alie-Conteh, who announced the results, appealed for calm, explaining that the final results are expected by Monday.


He said that NEC had met with representatives of political parties, conducted them round its Data management facilities and taken on board the issues raised by the parties on the processing of the results.


The electoral law provides for a presidential run-off vote if no candidate gains 55% of the vote in the first round balloting.


There are 16 presidential candidates, including two women, and some 789 contenders for the 124 contested seats in the 144-member parliament.






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