Sierra Leone President Clinches Second Term in Office

Electoral officials said on Tuesday June 27, 2023 that Sierra Leone's President Julius Maada Bio had clinched a second term in office, receiving 56.17% of ballots cast and narrowly clearing the threshold to avoid a runoff.

Deutsche Welle reports that Bio's main opposition candidate Samura Kamara immediately disputed the tally, which showed he had received 41.16% of the vote in the Saturday election.

Kamara's All People's Congress said earlier that election representatives were attacked and intimidated in three districts on June 24, the election day.

A woman was found dead at the party headquarters on Sunday after police surrounded the building and tried to disperse opposition supporters during a post-election news conference. Members of the opposition parties said that the incident unfolded like a "horror film" and that "live rounds" and "shots" had been fired. Police did not confirm the death but said that they had fired teargas canisters "to disperse the crowd which was disturbing people on the road."

The 2023 presidential race featured a rematch of the 2018 race between Bio of the Sierra Leone People's Party against Kamara of the APC. Also up for grabs are 132 seats for members of parliament and local council seats.

Freetown in Sierra Leone (file photo).

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