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    Sierra Leone: Press focuses on final election results

    APA-Freetown (Sierra Leone)

    The Wednesday’s edition of Sierra Leonean dailies is dominated by stories on the just concluded presidential elections.

    The final results were announced by the electoral commission on Tuesday evening and it placed opposition candidate Julius Maada Bio of the Sierra Leone

    People’s Party on top.

    The NEC announced March 27 as the date for a run-off between Bio and his closest challenger, Samura Kamara of the incumbent All People’s Congress (APC).

    This story is captured in the front pages of almost all the newspapers. The Night Watch carries it as a lead and in the form of a question, under the banner headline: ‘Will Sierra Leoneans vote APC again?’  The story goes with the photos of the two frontrunners.

    The same newspaper carries a story on the support to Ebola and Mudslide

    Survivors, and the spending on the newly established Ernest Bai Koroma


    The AYV newspaper also carries the election run-off story as a lead.

    But it only indicates the number of votes garnered by each candidate and their photographs.

    It also reports the story of an Indian native who voted in the Sierra

    Leone elections. There is also a story on AYV about the Media Reform

    Coordinating Group issuing a statement commending the media for a ‘job

    well done’, while cautioning journalists to remain vigilant.

    This followed condemnation of a privately owned newspaper for its false

    reportage on the relationship between the APC and C4C.

    ‘Runoff… 2nd Presidential election on March 27,’ screams the Calabash

    Newspaper as its lead. The newspaper also carries photos of the two front

    runners in the just concluded elections.

    The newspaper also carries other stories on its front page, including the call by the head of the West Africa Peacebuilding Network for patience in the election process.

    ‘C4C, NGC to decide,’ says the Health Newspaper. The two parties are widely expected to determine the outcome of the run-off depending on who they throw their support to between the APC and SLPP.

    This banner headline is accompanied by the photos of the heads of the two smaller parties.

    ’57.3% of [Sierra Leoneans] reject APC and Samura in first round,’ the Awareness Times says in a front page article which predicts a tough battle for the incumbent if the opposition decides to unite against it.

    It also carries a story on the dismissal of suggestion of support for APC by the C4C. And it also reports on the launching of a mobile App for the FIBank by a former Nigerian President.

    The Times SL also leads with a story on the election run-off, under the banner headline: ‘As APC & SLPP set for run-off: Alliance deals in the offing.’ Other stories on the newspaper include the launch of village savings loan scheme.


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