The publicity secretary of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), Victor Reider, says Vice President Solomon Ekuma Berewa is sure of winning the presidential run-off.
In an interview yesterday with Awoko at his Wallace Johnson Street party headquarters, Mr Reider stressed that, “we have a fair lead over the opposition and we are certainly going to end up clinching the trophy and His Excellency Solomon Ekuma Berewa will be sworn in as president of the Republic of Sierra Leone”.
Why he said his party would win the elections he illustrated: “already we are leading the APC by hundred thousand votes in Bo district which will make do for the discomfort for the Western Area and for the northern votes which the APC are depending on, we can assure that Kailahun, Kenema and Pujehun will take care of them all. And the winning will come from Bonthe and Moyamba.”
Explaining about the irregularities during the elections, Mr Reider said the SLPP noticed several of that from the north in Port Loko in Constituency 49 polling station No1 code No 07004 where it was discovered that a lot of ballot papers were stuffed into the ballot boxes.
He also alleged that they were able to detect it when it came to their knowledge that the ink that was used in those ballot papers was blue rather than NEC’s black indelible ink.
On the other irregularities, he alleged that they were yet to know what the fate was about the tampered envelopes in Koinadugu district where the assistant district electoral officer, Salifu Kamara, was still holding on to those results by instructing the centre manager in Bafodia and Sulima chiefdoms not to close the tampered envelopes.
In Tonkolili as it were in Bombali, Mr SLPP Reider alleged that their polling agents were arrested by police officers and detained for two hours and that within that period of time lots of malpractices took place for which, he said, they were very much concerned about the results.
In effect he said “the results from Tonkolili, Koinadugu, Bombali and Port Loko are faulty.”
About claims made by the APC that its polling agents were prevented from entering Kailahun and Kenema, he replied “their basis is bogus, baseless as the observers who covered those areas witnessed APC polling agents actively carrying out their duties in the stations”.
Asked whether they would accept the results should they lose he said, “of course we will accept it depending on the validity and credibility of it.”