Concord Times (Freetown)

19 November 2012

Sierra Leone: APC Set to Grab All Seats in Western Area

If provisional results currently being released by the Independent Radio Network (IRN) are anything to go by, then the ruling All People's Congress (APC) is on the verge of winning all 21 parliamentary seats in the Western Area. Indications are also that the party may likely win all council seats - including mayor and chairman - in the Western Rural and Urban respectively.

Supporters of the party, especially in the east of the city, have already started celebrating even though the results coming out are not from the National Electoral Commission (NEC), which has the legal responsibility of certifying the results.

Moreover, the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) candidate in Constituency 104, Aziz Carew, managed to win only at the Sulaimania Municipal Primary School, Davies Street polling station by a small margin, with the APC candidate Hon. Tunde Lewally winning at Lora Dove, Ginger Hall, Bishop Johnson School and SLMB at Crojimmy, among others.

With some polling stations announced by IRN showing a clear lead for APC parliamentary candidates in Constituencies 101, 102, 103, 105, 106, 107 and 108, supporters of SLPP candidates across the city, especially at Fourah Bay, have gone silent.

Many who spoke to Concord Times at Constituencies 103, 104 and 105 said no matter the outcome of the process, they are confident that whosoever wins will be representing their interest in the House of Parliament.

Adama Kamara, who resides at Kissy Road, said she has already started celebrating because it is now evidently clear that her party the APC will control the House of Parliament as well as the central government for another five years.

"I thank God for making it possible for the APC to shine in these elections," said an exuberant Kamara. "I voted Ernest Bai Koroma for President and Hon. Tunde Lewally for parliament. I am happy that Hon. Lewally will once again represent us in parliament."

She congratulated Sierra Leoneans for going through the voting process without any report of violence across the country, and international and local observers for a job well done.

For his part, Alhassan Conteh of Cline Town maintained that even though he is sure of the APC winning all the seats in the Western Area, there are doubts in many APC supporters' minds as to whether President Koroma will win on the first ballot.

"I am not sure if we will win the presidential race on the first ballot when the results are finally announced by NEC because not everybody voted. But congratulations to all Sierra Leoneans for maintaining the peace," he said.

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