The National Electoral Commission (NEC) of Sierra Leone has declared incumbent President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma as winner of the recently held presidential election. He was sworn in last night by the country’s Chief Justice in Freetown, the capital of the country.
He won with 1,314,881 representing 58% of the total valid votes cast.
His closest rival former junta leader Julius Maada Bio came second with 837,517 votes polled representing 37%.
A total of eight challengers attempted to unseat Koroma in the election on 17 November, the third presidential poll since the end of Sierra Leone’s horrific civil war in 2002.
The 59-year-old president was first elected in 2007 on a ticket of change, and says he has visibly improved the country’s quality of life. His supporters point to newly paved roads and a government health care programme that has provided free medical treatment although there are serious concerns about its sustainability.
The elections has widely been described by observers as free, fair and credible and will rule the West African nation for the another five years.