Date:21 Nov 2012
Sierra Leone: Ruling Party Confident of Victory
Sierra Leone governing party has announced they are confident that the incumbent President Ernest Bai Koroma would win last Saturday’s election without the need for a second round as Sierra Leoneans awaited official results from the country’s National Electoral Commission, which legally has 10 days to announce results from Saturday’s vote.
As stated in the 1991 Sierra Leone Constitution, President Koroma must garner 55 percent of the ballot cast or he will face his main opponent Julius Maada Bio in a second round of voting.
According to Victor Bockarie Foh, National Secretary-General of the ruling All People’s Party. ‘’The electoral laws give NEC 10 days within which to announce the results. We may be lucky that NEC works faster, I do not think there will be surprises’’
Observers and political parties have widely praised a well-organised and peaceful election in Sierra Leone's third vote.