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Observers: Sierra Leone vote peaceful

2012-11-19 15:38

Freetown - International observers say Sierra Leone's presidential election over the weekend was largely peaceful and well-conducted.

Observers from the European Union and the US-based Carter Centre are releasing their preliminary findings on Monday. EU chief observer Richard Howitt told reporters that there had been some isolated, small-scale incidents during Saturday's vote. Those included reports of governing party officials distributing gifts with "a significant amount of money involved".

Saturday's vote was Sierra Leone's third presidential election since the end of a brutal 11-year civil war in 2002, and only the second since the departure of the UN peacekeepers.

Sierra Leone's electoral commission has yet to release official results that will indicate whether the vote will go to a second round. The winning candidate needs to garner at least 55% to avoid a runoff.

Comments
  • mmoledis - 2012-11-19 18:27

    For an ever lasting peace I think Sierra Leon should avoid being greedy whereby the winning party will want to work alone, at least they must accomodate other lost parties in government by giving them seats according to percentage they got of votes as that will help more peace to prevail further.

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