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ECOWAS Expresses Concern Over Court Injunction On Sierra Leone Poll Run-Off

The ECOWAS Commission has noted with concern the interim injunction issued by a High Court on Saturday, March 24th restraining the National

Electoral Commission (NEC) and the Chief Electoral Commissioner of Sierra Leone from proceeding with preparations for the March 27th Presidential run-off election.

The Commission, in a statement noted that the on-going electoral process up to the time of the announcement of results of the March 7 general elections had been generally peaceful apart from minor incidents.

The Commission therefore “appeals for calm and stress the need for the citizens and all political actors and stakeholders to remain law abiding and allow the National Election Management Bodies to carry out their constitutional mandate.”

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Sierra Leone votes for new President

Voting is under way in Sierra Leone, where more than three million people are eligible to choose a new president, parliament and local councillors.

In the capital, Freetown, long queues could be seen at polling stations even before dawn.

President Ernest Bai Koroma is stepping down after serving two five-year terms.

His chosen successor, Samura Kamara, is being challenged by 15 other candidates – many of them promising to tackle endemic corruption and poverty.

Mr Kamara of the All Peoples Congress (APC) is one of three frontrunners – the others are Julius Maada Bio of the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) and former UN diplomat Kandeh Yumkella of the newly-formed National Grand Coalition (NGC).

One of the greatest challenges for the new leader will be to reconstruct a healthcare system following the huge Ebola outbreak in 2014 that killed nearly 4,000 people.

Only 200 doctors serve a country of seven million people.

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