Sierra Leone’s election watchdog has declared opposition candidate Julius Maada Bio the winner of the country’s presidential election. Bio narrowly defeated the ruling All People’s Congress candidate, Samura Kamara.
The Sierra Leone electoral commission on Wednesday declared opposition candidate Julius Maada Biothe winner of a tightly contested presidential election runoff.
Bio, of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), claimed almost 52 percent of votes cast in the poll carried out on March 31, the chairman of the country’s National Electoral Commission said. The opposition challenger defeated the ruling All People’s Congress candidate, Samura Kamara, who won just over 48 percent.
Just over 2.5 million people, or around 81 percent of eligible registered voters, cast their ballots in the presidential vote.