Chief Electoral Commissioner, Mohamed N’fa Alie Conteh has said in Freetown that he would only release accurate results to the public as he begs for patience until the NEC is done with verifying valid votes cast in the recently concluded March 7, elections.
The commission has received reports of staff misconduct in Falaba, a Press Release from the institution published on Wednesday, March 15th, stated. On that premise, the commission further reported that Commissioner Macksood Gibril Sesay has been detailed in the north to gather full details.
In the meantime, a full recount has been ordered for all parliamentary constituencies in Falaba District, the release states, furthering that, senior electoral staff from the NEC headquarters will ensue that the process is concluded accurately and swiftly.
The NEC Chair says “We take very seriously our responsibility to voters and will only release results that we know to be accurate. Until then, we thank the public for their patience and peaceful conduct that has come to characterise Sierra Leone.”
The release further mentioned about interpretation of the March 13 Presidential Result percentages: “When added together, percentages reflecting the proportion of votes received by each candidate are equal to 100.3 percent. This is not an error, but the outcome of having rounded figures to their nearest decimal point.” The release added that: “This does not affect election results in anyway; and the commission has also released a fully elaborated table of figures, totaling exactly 100 percent.”
Meanwhile, the National Electoral Commission has released a comprehensive list of 10,901 polling stations which recorded 139, 832 invalid votes cast, representing 5.2 percent standing for 16 districts. Total registered voters were 3,178,663. Total valid votes cast 2,537,122 representing 94.8 percent with a voter turnout of 84.2%. Total votes cast were 2, 676,549. Reporting by Abu Bakarr Sulaiman Tarawally