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The Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) has made a sudden u-turn from a court petition to congratulating the declared winner of the 17 November elections, incumbent President Ernest Koroma.
Presidential candidate Julius Maada Bio and his running mate Kadi Sesay accepted the reelection of Koroma “in the interest of peace and democracy.” after a meeting yesterday at the State House in Freetown, the capital.
Persistent in its rejection of the 17 November election results, the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) has taken its grievances to the Supreme Court demanding the results, which gave incumbent President Ernest Koroma a clear victory, be annulled.
SLPP had earlier called on its elected parliamentarians, mayors and local councilors to refrain from taking up their posts until further notice.
The major opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) has called on its newly-elected members to parliament to boycott the body until further notice.
The SLPP, which came second in the 17 November elections, has also told Mayors and local councilors elected on the party’s ticket to stay away from taking office.
After several days of anxiety over looming tension in the aftermath of Sierra Leone’s presidential and parliamentary polls, the atmosphere is now returning to normal as people begin to go about business as usual.
Declaration of the long-delayed results last Friday naming incumbent President Ernest Koroma, as the winner of the 17 November election, helped douse tension fueled by anticipation of violence.
Losing presidential candidate in Sierra Leone’s 2012 elections, Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio of the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), has called on his supporters to be calm and peaceful.
Bio, a former military head of state, told his partisans to exercise demeanour until the party takes an official position on the outcome of the 17November polls, the results of which he is challenging.
Newly-elected President Ernest Bai Koroma has call on Sierra Leone’s opposition parties to join him in rebuilding the country, still recovering from over a decade of civil war that ended in 2002.
Koroma said the job at hand requires the goodwill and positive energy of all political parties, noting that democracy and good governance must transcend all forms of division.
Incumbent President Ernest Bai Koroma has won the presidential election, pulling 58.7 % of votes cast, while main challenger Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio got 37.4 % of the votes, according to results released by the National Electoral Commission (NEC) Friday.
NEC said Koroma of the All People’s Congress (APC) got 1,314, 881 (58.7%) of the valid votes, winning a second five-year term, while main opponent Bio of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) got 837,517 votes (37.4%) .
The government of Sierra Leone has called on citizens to remain calm and continue to promote peace and national reconciliation as the nation awaits the results of the 17 November elections.
It said these were necessary to continue to attract investors to participate in the country’s rapidly growing economy and its democracy for the improvement of the lives of Sierra Leoneans.
Police in Sierra Leone have intervened to quell clashes between youths of the country’s two leading political parties and imposed a curfew in the eastern district town of Kailahun.
Normal activities were disrupted in the town as youths of the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) and the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) clashed four days after voting generally passed off peacefully.
Early provisional unofficial results from last Saturday’s election in Sierra Leone show that President Ernest Bai Koroma and his ruling All People’s Congress Party (APC) are leading from votes counted thus far.
However, there are indications that with the current trend, the elections may be headed for a possible second round.