Sierra Leoneans Go To The Poll To Elect New President

About 3, 374, 258 registered voters out of a total population of about 8 million Sierra Leoneans will have another opportunity to elect a new president, members of parliament, district, mayoral or district council chair and those into the council seats as they go to the poll on Saturday.

Polls opened at 7 in the morning and is expected to close at 5 in the evening with election taking place in 3, 630 polling centers and 11, 832 polling units.

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The president is elected by popular vote for a five-year term in a two rounds absolute majority system of 55 percent.

Sierra Leone operates a unilateral system of government and the battle for the seat will be between the incumbent president Julius Maada bio of the Sierra Leones People Party SLPP and Samura Kamara of the All-Peoples Congress APC.

The president’s tenure of office is limited to two five-year terms. Both candidates are seeking reelection.

The country had its first general elections as an independent nation on 27 may 1961 and this election will be the 6th since the end of the civil war in January 2002.

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