Updated: February 25, 2021
A Sierra Leone court upheld a request by a member of the ruling party for an injunction on Saturday to delay a presidential election run-off that was meant to happen next Tuesday.
Reuters reported that the member, Ibrahim Sorie Koroma, filed for the injunction on Thursday, saying there was evidence of electoral fraud that needed to be investigated before the poll could go ahead.
Background: General elections were held in Sierra Leone on 7 March 2018 to elect the President, Parliament and local councils. However, incumbent President Ernest Bai Koroma was not running for another term, as he was constitutionally ineligible, having served the maximum ten years in office.
No presidential candidate received the 55% of the vote required to win in the first round. As a result, a second round of voting was scheduled for 27 March between the top two candidates, opposition leader Julius Maada Bio of the Sierra Leone People’s Party and Samura Kamara of the ruling All People’s Congress. In the first round, the two candidates were separated by under 15,000 votes.
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