Sierra Leoneans to vote for new president on Saturday

The Sierra Leone National Electoral Commission lost valuable time when an interim injunction prevented it from continuing preparations for Tuesday’s election runoff.

A women cast her ballot as part of the general elections on 7 March 2018 at a polling station in Freetown in Sierra Leone. Picture: AFP

FREETOWN - Sierra Leoneans are expected to only elect their new president on Saturday after the National Electoral Commission (NEC) asked for an eleventh-hour postponement.

The High Court in Sierra Leone on Monday cleared the way for the much-anticipated election runoff to go ahead on Tuesday, but the NEC said it lost valuable time while the matter was playing itself out in the courts.

The matter was brought by a member of the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) in his personal capacity, alleging voting irregularities in the first round.

The Sierra Leone National Electoral Commission lost valuable time when an interim injunction prevented it from continuing preparations for Tuesday’s election runoff.

While the injunction was lifted on Monday, NEC spokesperson Albert Massaquoi says they simply didn’t have enough time.

“Because under normal circumstance at least 48 hours for the deployment of electoral material and since we had an injunction, we only had about 14 hours.”

The NEC has once again called for patience as the country’s two old political parties prepare to square off this weekend.

The ruling APC and Sierra Leone People’s Party have dominated