Breaking. Bio Baada wins Sierra Leone presidential election

The opposition party’s candidate, Rtd Brig Julius Madaa Bio of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) has been declared the winner of the March 31 Sierra Leone Presidential run-off election.
According to the result announced by the Sierra Leone’s National Electoral Commission (NEC) on Wednesday in Freetown, Bio received 1,319,406 votes, representing 51.81 per cent of the total valid votes cast, 2,546,577, to defeat the candidate of the ruling party, NAN reports.
According to the result, Kamara Wilson of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) polled 1,227,171 votes, representing 48.19 per cent of the valid votes cast.
The Chairman of NEC, Mohamed Conteh, who announced the result, said which the national turn out inside the election was 2,578,271 representing 81.11 registered voters, while 31,694 invalid votes were recorded.
“Therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred on me as National Returning Officer by sections 52(2) along with 94(4) of the Public Elections Act, 2012 (Act No 4 of 20l2), I hereby certify which Bio Julius Manda having polled 1,319,406 of the valid votes cast inside the March 31 Presidential election run-off has been duly elected President of the Republic of Sierra Leone.
“Any citizen of Sierra Leone who has lawfully voted in This particular election may challenge the validity of the said election of the President by petition to the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone, within seven days after the declaration of Presidential result pursuant to section 55(1) of the Public Elections Act, 2012 (Act No. 4 of 2012),” Conteh said.
Bio can be to take office as Sierra Leone’s 5th President having won the run-off election with more than 92,000 vote margin against his APC counterpart.
Bio replaced President Ernest Bai Koroma of APC, who has completed his two terms of all 5 years each.
Under Sierra Leone’s constitution, a winning candidate can be sworn in once the Chief Electoral Officer certifies the results of the election, followed by official inauguration later.
Fourteen political parties participated inside the first ballot which was conducted on March 7, where no candidate secured the mandatory 55 per cent of the total valid votes cast.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports which the opposition candidate, Bio led the final result of the first ballot with 1,097, 482 votes, creating 43.3 per cent of the 2, 537,122 valid votes cast inside the polls.
Samura Kamara of APC at the first ballot came a close second with 1,082, 748 votes, representing 42.7 per cent of the total votes cast.
The run-off election became necessary since none of the candidates was able to get 51 per cent of the total votes cast, as provided by the country’s constitution.

Breaking. Bio Baada wins Sierra Leone presidential election

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