Elections go smoothly in Sierra Leone

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Sierra Leone’s National Electoral Commission said it successfully conducted four bye-elections in different parts of the country on Saturday.

The elections, contested by three major political parties: the ruling All People ‘s Congress Party (APC) opposition People’s Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC ) and defeated Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), were conducted in four different constituencies spread across the country.

NEC’s spokesperson Miatta French said the elections were conducted at Constituency 28 in the Bombali District, Constituency 42 in the Kambia District, Constituency 49 in the Port Loko District and Constituency 103 in the Western Urban District.

She said the elections were conducted to fill the spaces left behind by parliamentarians who won parliamentary elections and were appointed as cabinet ministers by President Ernest Bai Koroma.

NEC is mandated by Sierra Leone’s constitution to conduct a bye election ninety days after the conduct of a general election.

French said voters who were registered for the last parliamentary and presidential elections used their voters’ identity to exercise their franchise

According to a statement issued here Tuesday, “turn-out at the various polling centers was satisfactory and voters displayed their commitment to the exercise of their rights with calm.”

Presently, “Tamper Evident Envelopes” (TEEs) containing the results from all sta tions in the four constituencies have been received at the National Tally Centre at NEC Headquarters at Wellington.

The tallying process itself has started and is being observed by party agents and observers.

Final results of the elections will be released Saturday. Panapress.

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