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Runoff Presidential Poll Will Be Deferred Indefinitely If The Court Is Convinced

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A Freetown-based lawyer has gone to court seeking to block the conduct of the presidential runoff poll scheduled for 27 March. Ibrahim Sorie Koroma, who was an unsuccessful parliamentary aspirant for the ruling APC party, told me that he was acting as a private citizen and a voter. He and his legal team want an interim injunction to stop the runoff election pending the hearing and determination of their application. Among other things and within seven days, the application seeks a forensic audit of the electoral commission, its head, its internal systems and the entire conduct of the 7 March elections. It also calls for a manual recount of all results including the nearly 140,000 votes nullified due mostly to ballot-stuffing because turnout at the affected polling stations exceeded 100% of registered voters. Court sources say the plaintiff and his lawyer could be heard tomorrow, in camera. If the court is convinced by their argument, summons will be served on the defendants (mainly NEC and its chairman) and an interim injunction granted. This will mean that the runoff presidential poll will be deferred indefinitely – pending the hearing of the substantive matter.

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