75% Presidential Results SLPP Leads – 43.3% APC -42.6% NGC -6.7% C4C – 3.4%

On a very expectant warm Sunday afternoon across the length and breadth of Sierra Leone, the Chief Electoral Commissioner of the National Elections Commission, Mohamed Nfa Alie Conteh by the constitutional powers vested in him and his Commision announced the third set of provisional presidential results. This brought the cumulative total of the votes cast in the 7th March, 2018 presidential elections to 75%.

As the entire nation waited with bated breathe for the latest on the hotly contested race to State House, the NEC Chief Returning Officer picked up the microphone at NEC headquarters in Freetown at around 3PM to announce that between the incumbent All People’s Congress (APC) candidate, Dr. Samura Kamara, and his Sierra Leone People’s Party challenger, Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio, the penduleum had only tilted lightly.

At the 50% counting stage, it tilted slightly in favor of Dr. Kamara. At the 75% stage it shifted from in favor of Dr. Samura Kamara to the Retired Brigadier by a margin less than 1%. The latest result for the two frontrunners is as follows: APC’s Dr. Samura Kamara – 833, 519; SLPP’s Brig (Rtd) Bio – 848, 348. The difference between the two was less than 1% with Brigadier Bio having 43.3% and Dr Samura Kamara 42.6%.

All along, the question on everyone’s lips has been, will there be a runofff? With the National Grand Coalition’s (NGC’s), Alhaji Dr. Kandeh having scored 6.7% of the votes annouced, Coalition for Change’s (C4C’s) Alhaji Sam Sumana – 3.4% and the other 12 parties a little less than 4% it is hard to project how any of the two frontrunners would get 55%.

Thus, according to analysts, whichever way the figures go when NEC expectedly annouces the final 25% of results today, it would be mathematically impossible for Samura or Bio, whoever wins the race, to secure the required 55% of total vote cast to be declared outright winner and in which light, runoff is on the card.