COUNTING BEGINS AS SIERRA LEONE CONCLUDES VOTE FOR NEW PRESIDENT

Counting began yesterday in Sierra Leone following a largely peaceful general election dominated by voters’ desire for better economic conditions and an end to corruption.

Polls closed at 5pm for the country’s 3.1 million voters, who were choosing a new president, parliament and local councils.

Partial tallies are expected within 48 hours and complete results within two weeks.

President Ernest Bai Koroma, who cannot run again after consecutive five-year terms, has anointed former foreign minister Samura Kamara as his successor for the ruling All Peoples Party.

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