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Sierra Leone heads to the polls to replace President Koroma Updated for 2021


Updated: February 24, 2021

Sierra Leone voted on Saturday to choose a successor to President Ernest Bai Koroma.

The second round of the election had been delayed following fraud allegations in the first round.


Two candidates go head to head, opposition leader Julius Maada Bio and ruling party standard-bearer Samura Kamara.

The election was shifted from Tuesday to Saturday after a complaint about fraud in the first round of voting this month from a member of Kamara’s All People’s Congress.

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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