Losing candidate in Sierra Leone election plans legal challenge to result

Sierra Leone Ex Ghanaian President Mahama denies plan to rig election

Sierra Leone Ex Ghanaian President Mahama denies plan to rig election

Maada Bio will be sworn in late Wednesday.

Bio, the 53-year-old standard-bearer of the Sierra Leone People's Party and a former military junta leader, won with nearly 52 percent of votes in last Saturday's poll.

Surpringly, this wasn't his first attempt at staging a coup.

As former President Ernest Bai Koroma's second term approached its end, his supporters launched a campaign to void term limits and allow him to seek re-election, before backing off under domestic and worldwide pressure.

Under Sierra Leone's constitution, the presidential vote winner must be sworn in on the same day as he is declared the victor.

The presidential runoff election was contested between Maada Bio of the SLPP and Samura Kamara of the APC.

The post Sierra Leone Presidential polls: Buhari congratulates Bio on his victory appeared first on Vanguard News.

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Since then, April has been a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse .

Your Excellency President Julius Maada Bio, in the last 5 years you have remained steadfast in your responsibilities to the SLPP and the people of Sierra Leone by leading our Party through times of turbulence with strength, integrity and a sense of duty.

President Buhari further commended the immediate past president, Ernest Bai Koroma, for his commitment to a credible electoral process and spirited efforts at bringing stability and positive changes to the nation during his presidency. And even after the runoff was held on Saturday, the outcome was delayed because of disagreements over how to count the votes.

The election is the fourth since Sierra Leone's brutal civil war ended in 2002, and the previous vote in 2012 was largely peaceful.

Bio is a senior research fellow at the University of Bradford in England, where he is pursuing a Ph.D.in Peace Studies.

Spokesman Kalilu Tutangi expressed gratitude to Sierra Leoneans for voting in Maada Bio and urged supporters to celebrate peacefully and avoid provocations.

Bio, a former soldier who briefly led a military junta more than two decades ago, won 51.81 per cent of ballots in last month's election, according to official results.

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