Court Stops Sierra Leone’s Run-off Election

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A Sierra Leone court in Freetown has granted a request by a member of the ruling party for an injunction to delay the presidential election run-off scheduled for Tuesday.

The party member, Ibrahim Sorie Koroma, filed for the injunction on Thursday, sayingthere was evidence of electoral fraud that needed to be investigated before thepoll could go ahead.

No new date has been set, even as former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan arrived the country for an observer mission. Jonathan, who is leading the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) Election Observation Mission, arrived Freetown on Friday . Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, the spokesman to the former president, said Jonathan also led EISA to the first round of the elections on March 7.

In the elections, none of the candidates polled required 55 per cent of votes to win at the first ballot. EISA had declared the process of the March 7 general elections as peaceful and credible.

Opposition leader Julius Maada Bio, of the Sierra Leone People’s Party – briefly a former military junta leader will be running against Samura Kamara of the ruling All People’s Congress, after neither of the two front-runners secured an outrightmajority in the first round.