Sierra Leone: recounting the ballots

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Recounting is underway in Kambia’s constituencies: 57, 59 and 62 out of a total of six in Sierra Leone’ Northwestern border town.

The National Electoral Commission (NEC) detected irrational figures in the Results Reconciliation Forms (RRF) polling centre managers submitted in the regional tally centre in Port Loko town.

The constituencies came under scrutiny Monday March 12 ahead of the final submission of regional tally results to the NEC headquarters that is to announce the remaining 25% of the March 7elections results.

Political parties representatives for the All People’s Congress, the Sierra Leone People’s Party and the National Grand Coalition, the media and international observers all witnessed the process at the NEC district office in Kambia.

42 ballot boxes were availed and the certified results were processed to update the regional tally centre, which in turn updates the National NEC headquarters.

District Elections Officer, Umar Fomba told reporters in Kambia that the irrational figures were detected by NEC in the regional tally centre in Port Loko.

He says in the interest of making the entire process credible, they decided to inform the political parties, which contested the elections to converge at the district NEC office to openly witness the recounting process to lend credence to the process.

Security was tightened with the deployment of Operational Support Division (OSDs), Military Police (MP) and general duty police officers to ensure that counting was undisrupted.

A similar process was also carried out in Kamakwe where the polling centre managers entered irrational figures in the final tally list -summarizing the total scores of various parties, which contested the March 7 polls.

Alimamy P Koroma, Sierra Leone’s former Ambassador to China, speaking on behalf of the APC said the process was credible and transparent so far and that his party believes in the competence of the National Electoral Commission for a credible outcome of the March 7 polls.

Other political parties reps share similar sentiments and all endorsed the final figures.

The recounting process was key in making sure that the final 25% threshold is announced without recourse to the credibility of NEC.

Abu Bakarr Sulaiman Tarawally reporting from the counting centre at the NEC Regional Office in Kambia.

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Abu Bakarr Tarawally is a Journalist based in Freetown. He works for the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation as a radio producer. He has once served as Editor for a few newspapers in Freetown, including Sierra Express Media, The Exclusive Newspaper and his own newspaper, the Daily Express Publications. He is a teacher trainer, and loves writing and reading a lot. Email: abstarawally@gmail.com. Call +232 88601277 or +2327661303.

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