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Ruling party candidate in slight lead with 50% of Sierra Leone's polls results released

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Freetown, Sierra Leone, March 10  (Infosplusgabon) - With 50% of the processed votes of the March 7 presidential, parliamentary and local council elections now released by the National Electoral Commission (NEC) Sierra Leone on Saturday, the candidate of the ruling All People's Congress (APC), Dr Samura Kamara, is leading with 43.20%.


He is followed by retired Brig. Julius Maada Bio of the opposition Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) 43.09%, while Kabdeh Yimkellah of the National Grand Alliance (NGC) is in third place with 6.69% of the processed votes.


NEC registered some 3.17 million voters in the country's 16 administrative Districts, out of which some 1.3 million votes have been processed.


NEC chair Mohamed N'fah Alie-Conteh said in his second Press Conference of the day that the remaining results would be released as soon as possible.


If none of the 16 candidates contesting the presidency gains 55% of the votes cast in the first round, the two front runners will go for the run-off balloting two weeks after the declaration of the first-round results.


The winner will be the nation's fifth president and will replace outgoing President Ernest Bai Koroma.


Some 3.17 million registered Sierra Leoneans also voted to elect 124 contested seats in the 144-member parliament from among 789 candidates.






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