The leader of the People’s Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC), Charles Margai, after voting at about 12pm on Saturday told Awoko that, “I feel very confident that we are on the verge of redeeming this nation by the grace of the Almighty God.”
Questioned further on the event of a run off, the leader said he did not envisage one. “But if there is going to be one it will be between the All People’s Congress (APC) and PMDC”, he noted.
Asked what he would tell his supporters if there was a run off between the APC and SLPP, he stated that, “that is a very unlikely event but in case it happens I will give my membership a free hand. I think they are mature enough to know where they should cast their votes for the good of Sierra Leone.”
Commending the National Electoral Commission (NEC), Mr Margai stated that “[the] whole election process was a success, and in fairness NEC has done an extremely good job. I only hope that we will end it well”
The PMDC leader had been on the queue as early as 6:30 am at the Methodist Girls’ High School compound, west of the capital.
Asked why he played an early bird on elections day Mr Margai said, “promptitude is part of my character, I came here early to ensure that I vote early and then go round to see that all is well.”
The turnout at the polling stations he visited, the leader said, “is very encouraging as the people are very determined”.
Mr Margai, whose party is one of the leading parties just one year in existence, said “I feel excellent. Victory is definitely within reach as by the end of the day I definitely will emerge as the next president undoubtedly.”
The voting at the Girls’ School compound started a bit late with scuffle about a missing voting centre, which was later clarified by NEC’s chairperson Dr Christian Thorpe.