Sierra Leoneans stood in long queues on November 17th to choose presidential, parliamentary, and local council candidates to govern the nation for the next 5 years. The National Electoral Commission had 9,493 polling stations across the country. A press release from the Commission reports that 5 % of the polling stations did not open on time at 7:00am. During the voter registration exercise 2.6 million voter ID cards were issued. NEC says it will take some 5-7 days to declare results. Presidential candidates need to receive up to 55 percent of the total votes to win. If no candidate meets this mark, there will be a runoff between the two leading parties, two weeks after the results are released.