17 November 2012

Sierra Leone: Elections Update - Delays and Long Queues

Early reports reaching AEP on Sierra Leone's ongoing elections says there is anger and frustration amongst voters as long queues have built up in many polling stations across the country due to confusion over ID rules, registration errors and voters turning up at wrong polling centers.

Kallah Kamara, of the Forum Of Sierra Leonean Youth Network (FOSLYN-SL) who have observers deployed in many polling stations, says the Electoral Commission "ought to be ashamed, the situation as it stands now is embarrassing and should not happen"

"There is too much chaos here; I thought I would have voted by now. I've been here since 4am!" fumed 20 year old Seidu Ibrahim at Cape Community Sch., opposite Cape Sierra Hotel in Western Urban District.

A determined 24year old Fatmata Jalloh at the same polling center says she will wait even if she has to queue the whole day to cast her vote.

Sidratu Kamara who just finished voting at the Open Space, Mount Aureol 2 thanked God for making it possible "I voted for Ernest Bai Koroma, he is our leader for this 2012 to 2017."

"I am Sidratu Kamara sending this calm and cool election comment I love Ernest Bai Koroma and the South, North, Western Area and the South East love this blessed God chosen candidate am one thousand perfect sure that he has won this particular election by casting the vote we do not need any second half God bless all A.P.C. members" She added.

Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation reporting "massive turnout all over Sierra Leone"

Queues are hard on disabled Lansana Kamara 22, has polio "In disorder, I can't find my voting station, i'm getting tired."

About 2.5 million registered voters are expected to cast their vote and elect a president for the next five years in the country's third elections since the end of a brutal civil war.

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