Losing candidate in Sierra Leone election plans legal challenge to result

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The losing candidate in Sierra Leone‘s presidential election, Samura Kamara, said on Wednesday the voting was marred by fraud and he plans to launch a legal challenge to the result.

Opposition candidate and former military junta leader Maada Bio was declared victor in the election late on Wednesday with 51.81% of votes and was sworn in hours later.

Addressing supporters on state TV after the vote was announced, Kamara said the results did not reflect the many concerns raised by the party about the massive ballot-stuffing, over-voting, fraudulent voter registers and other electoral irregularities.

The comments from the former foreign affairs minister and ruling All People’s Congress (APC) candidate follow a tense but mostly peaceful campaign to replace outgoing President Ernest Bai Koroma, who could not seek re-election due to term limits.