Chief Electoral Commissioner Mohamed Nfa Allie Conteh announced the final outcome of polls on Tuesday evening, which placed opposition presidential candidate of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) Julius Maada Bio at the top, with 1, 097, 482 votes.
Samura Kamara of the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) polled 1, 082, 748 votes.
According to figures released by the Commission, 2, 537, 132 of the 3.1 million registered voters cast their ballot on March 7.
Some 139, 427 votes were declared invalid.
Announcement of the results were delayed for days, due largely to petitions by some of the political parties over ballot-stuffing and other perceived malpractices.
Because of this, ballots in 154 polling stations nationwide were ordered to be recounted and results from 221 polling stations were declared null and void in line with electoral laws governing the conduct of polls.