The National Electoral Commission (NEC) has started tallying results for the just concluded local council elections.
At the first post local election press conference at the British council Hall yesterday, the NEC Chairperson Christiana Thorpe disclosed that results from the different districts across the country begun arriving at the NEC tally center at Wellington on Saturday July 5.
She stated that the commission will continue to receive results from all over the country and that the tallying process started at 3:30 pm on Sunday wherein party agents and observers were briefed about the tallying process. “Representatives of the following political parties were present: All Peoples Congress-6, People’s Movement for Democratic Change-1, Sierra Leone People’s Party-7.” Madame Thorpe also said they “would appreciate representation from independent candidates during this process”.
She stated that they expected that all results should be at the tally centre by Saturday 12 July as results from riverine and remote areas in Koinadugu, Bonthe, Pujehun, Kambia and Tonkolili will be flown by helicopter from the 10th- 12th of July. In its bid to decentralize electoral activity, NEC Chairperson said announcement of results will take place simultaneously at the regional headquarters.
NEC said turn out on elections day was satisfactory and that they have just received one complaint from a candidate stating further that deadline for the receipt of complaint was 5:00pm today Tuesday.
NEC will announce results at regional level on Thursday 10 July 11: am first announcement of results, Monday 14th July 11: am second announcement, Friday 18th third announcement and Tuesday 22nd fourth announcement. Presentation of certificates to declare winners at regional level will be done on the 23rd-26th/27 July.