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.
Editor & Founder of SwitSalone.com. Vickie Remoe is a TV Host, Writer, and Podcaster. She curates and amplifies fascinating, meaningful, and newsworthy content for Sierra Leonean audiences. She covers politics, entrepreneurship, good governance, travel, girls and women's issues from a uniquely feminist, African, and returnee perspective. She is an advocate for human rights and dignity. Remoe is Save The Children Sierra Leone Girl Ambassador. She is the author of two children's books; Adama Loves Akara and A Print for Ami.