After casting his vote, just a stone throw from his house at Goderich, the All People’s Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Ernest Bai Koroma, told journalists that he would accept the outcome of a credible election.
When asked if he would accept the results if he lost the run-off, he replied: “I hope incidences of irregularities don’t persist. I have also made the point that an election that is credible should be accepted but an election that is not credible it is not even for me to say I will accept it or not, it is the people of this country that will react to an election that is not credible”.
Continuing he stated, “I will accept the outcome of a credible election… and we are yet to confirm whether the process in its entirety has been credible or not”.
He advised those who had voted to remain calm, saying “I will also urge our party agents all over to be more vigilant. But as I move along, I will keep a close touch with the electoral commission to ensure that at the end of the day we end up having an election that is acceptable”.
Asked about the low voters’ turnout, he said that might be attributed to the inclement weather but appealed to people to come out and vote.
On the national picture he answered, “unfortunately it is not the same picture all over. We have heard about a lot of teething problems in the Western Area.
Some of them we consider teething but some seem to be persisting.
There is great difficultly for some voters to understand why the voting ink easily faces out from their fingers”.
The APC candidate pointed out that, “I have contacted the Public Relations Officer of NEC to ensure that they go to the media and assure voters that there is nothing wrong with the system. Otherwise if something is wrong then we would have wasted a lot of votes because these complaints are coming from all over the country”.
Beyond that, he said, “I have also heard complaints of a little bit of intimidation, delay start of the voting but these are considered not even problems. I hope that in the couple of hours they would have been ratified.
What is of serious concern is the Kailahun situation.
We have not succeeded in getting our agents there.
We had to put out a team because the local agents were harassed and they got to the point wherein they feared for their lives and could not go out to the stations that was why we put together a team.”
“Unfortunately, the team went as far as Kenema and could not have access to Kailahun and this morning a good number of problems is being reported in Kailahun. As I am talking to you it has been reported that constituency 6 in Kailahun has concluded the polling and yesterday a lot of harassment went over the district.
There was the use of the Poro society,” he disclosed.
Mr Koroma also told journalists how he spoke to the local unit commander of the police, and that the information he got from the LUC was different from “our representatives’ on the ground. So we are very concerned about the situation in Kailahun”.
He intimated that, “we feel very strongly about it. I am going to have a meeting with our electoral coordination team…. we will continue to assess the situation in Kailahun and monitor it closely, and I am sure we will have to make a very strong representation to NEC on the Kailahun issue”.