Sierra Leone run-off election likely

2012-10-23 20:43
(Tommy Trenchard, AP)

(Tommy Trenchard, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

Freetown - The US ambassador to Sierra Leone said on Tuesday a run-off election was likely as the west African country's two main parties both have strong support ahead of a 17 November presidential poll.

"There is a possibility for a run-off poll in November's presidential election apparently between the [ruling] All People's Congress party and the [main opposition] Sierra Leone People's Party [SLPP]," Michael Owen said.

"Both parties appear to have good support," he said in an interview on local radio, adding that he was "convinced the elections will be peaceful".

President Ernest Koroma is seeking a second term in the election which is being held alongside a parliamentary poll. His main challenger is opposition candidate Julius Maada Bio, a former military ruler.

The American government has provided $4m for raising awareness and electoral security programmes in the west African nation which is holding its third election since the end of an 11-year civil war in 2002 which claimed some 120 000 lives.

Political rallies are in full swing throughout the country with nine presidential hopefuls and 586 parliamentary candidates wooing voters on the campaign trail.

Foreign observers have begun arriving in Sierra Leone. The African Union has deployed a total of 40 observers and the European Union 100.

UN envoy to Sierra Leone Jens Anders Toyberg Frandzen last month warned of rising tensions, particularly between the two main parties, in the run-up to the elections, condemning excessive force used by police to quell disturbances.

A security source told AFP that 12 000 police will be on duty during the election period.

Final poll results are expected by November 26 and a potential second round of voting has been planned for 8 December, according to the national electoral commission.

Read more on:    ernest koroma  |  sierra leone  |  sierra leone elections  |  west africa
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Fashion
 

6 life hacks you simply have to know

A few simple tricks can make your life so much easier!

 
 

For chic geeks...

Device lets disabled people talk through their nose
It’s THIS easy for someone to steal your ATM pin!
This is why you should install iOS 8
17 photo illusions that look so real

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Your sense of duty is emphasized and you may put your heart and soul into helping, serving and being there for the community in a...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.