Ex-junta leader Bio wins S/Leone presidency

Sierra Leone’s main opposition candidate, Julius Maada Bio, has been elected as the country’s fifth president, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) confirmed late on Wednesday.

Bio polled 1, 319, 406 votes, representing 51.81 percent of the votes cast.

His challenger, Dr Samura Kamara of the incumbent All People’s Congress (APC), polled 1, 227, 181 votes, representing 48.19 percent.

Out of the 3.1 million registered voters, 2, 578, 271 votes were cast, representing 81 percent turnout.

Of this 2, 546, 577 votes (98 percent) were declared valid while 31, 694 votes (1.2 percent) were found to be invalid.

Bio who was junta leader in the 1990s will take the presidential oath of office at a hotel in the capital Freetown in the next few hours.

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