“We are the only institution mandated to announce elections result’’


-NEC Boss warns

March 9, 2018 By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma

NEC boss Mohamed N’fah Alie Conteh addressed the media yesterdaya

Even as the Independent Radio Network is reading out provisional results of the March 7 multitier elections, Chief Returning Officer of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) has noted that the commission is the only institution mandated by law to announce elections result.

Mohamed Nfa Alie Conteh addressing the media and international observers at a press briefing yesterday at NEC headquarters at Tower Hill in Freetown.

“We are the only institution mandated to announce elections result,” he said, adding that they would soon release the result by bit as some have already been taken to regional tally centres across the country.

He implored the public and political heads to exercise patience as the commission was working tirelessly to collate results across the country.

“Yesterday Sierra Leone conducted the fourth elections since the end of the civil war and we should be very proud as a nation as it went very peaceful,” he said.

He revealed that irregularities took place but that the commission acted swiftly to address them, stating that of the 17,745 (seventeen thousand, seven hundred and forty –five) sealed boxes and ballot papers, only 37 (thirty –seven) were problematic, equivalent to just 0.25%.

“By 2a.m. this morning (Thursday), results have started arriving at our regional tally centres. All five regional centres in Bo, Kenema, Makeni and Port Loko are operational,” revealed Mr. Conteh.

He said the voter turnout was large but was quick to say they cannot provide the exact number.

“We are prepared for the run-off and we have planned for that process,” he added.

Commissioner Western Region, Madam Miatta French, told the press that they have received most of the data, adding that they were still transporting some of the materials to the different tallying centres across the country.

On elections day, the NEC boss told journalists at a press briefing on Wednesday morning that due to production error in the printing of some ballot papers, there were no ballot papers for the mayoral election in the Bonthe municipality.