Sierra Leone Opposition Criticises Indefinite Poll Delay


Sierra Leone opposition leader Julius Maada Bio, winner of the first round of a presidential election earlier this month, on Sunday criticised the ruling party’s successful bid to have a run-off poll delayed over alleged fraud.

A court on Saturday upheld a request for an injunction by an APC member who said there was evidence of electoral fraud that needed to be investigated before the poll could go ahead.

“This is a shame on this country that the ruling party is taking its own national institution to court and being destructive of the process that has already started,” Bio told Reuters. “I am not happy, I feel disappointed.”

“The APC is afraid to go to the election knowing that they are going to lose. Definitely we will take an action. I will appeal to every Sierra Leonean to express our displeasure,” Bio said, adding that supporters should respect the law.

Civil society organisations have also denounced the court decision and have called for the run-off poll to go ahead on Tuesday.

It is unclear now when the vote will take place. Sierra Leone remains in limbo.