Sierra Leone’s ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) is demanding a vote audit from the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) stronghold before the National Electoral Commission (NEC) announces results of the March 31 presidential runoff. An elections monitoring group, Sierra Leone Decides reported the development citing a letter signed by APC National General Secretary, Osman Foday Yansaneh, and addressed to the NEC Commissioner in the Southern Province. The said province is an SLPP stronghold according to political watchers. Its candidate, Julius Maada Bio was born in the Bonthe District located in the Southern Province.
The letter alleged electoral malpractices which it said had the tendency of impacting the final results. “We discovered that in many areas in your region there is over voting and nearly 100% voter turn-out,” the statement said.
“We hereby attached a list of all the said stations and demand that same be placed for audit / quarantined before certification of the final results for those areas,” the April 2, 2018 letter added.