Sierra Leoneans head to polls to pick next president

President Ernest Bai Koroma is stepping down after two five-year terms.

People queue to vote in the general elections on 7 March at a polling station in Freetown. More than 3.1 million voters are registered for the polls across the small West African nation. Picture: AFP.

FREETOWN - Voting to elect a new leader is underway in Sierra Leone.

President Ernest Bai Koroma is stepping down after two five-year terms.

His tenure has been marred by corruption and an Ebola epidemic that left nearly 4,000 people dead.

The sun’s beating down on the snaking queues at this primary school cum polling station in the capital Freetown.

But electoral commission officer Fodayuslan Munu stationed here came prepared.

“I’ve been here since 4am and I’ve seen people arriving to cast their vote.”

Voters are standing in alphabetised queues with their voting cards proudly in hand, but they have expressed frustration at the lack of transport on election day.

Police are enforcing a ban on non-official vehicles.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)