16 contenders in Sierra Leone presidential elections could see run-off vote

Sierra Leone will vote on Wednesday for a successor to President Ernest Bai Koroma in its most contest election in history.

16 candidates are vying for the top job and four are believed to have a realistic chance of following Koroma, according to pundits.

Koroma steps down after a decade in power, marred by corruption, an Ebola outbreak and deadly mudslides.

The elections follow a two-round system, explains EWN correspondent Leanne de Bassompierre.

If one candidate is unable to secure at least 55% of the votes, then the election process will go to a run-off between two candidates from the first round.

Take a listen to De Bassompierre explain the voting procedure and current challenges facing the country’s 3.1 million-strong electorate.

Corruption is one of the big electoral topics that will be challenged.

Leanne De Bassompierre, EWN correspondent

It has been a two horse race since the country got independence from Britain, but this time we see a lot more people vying for the countries top position.

Leanne De Bassompierre, EWN correspondent

Take a listen to the EWN update:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 16 contenders in Sierra Leone presidential elections could see run-off vote


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