Heavy tension in Sierra Leone as people anxiously await the official results of Saturday’s presidential run-off which is somehow been delayed. Supporters on both parties have already claimed victory, raising concerns of possible unrest.
At the headquarters of the opposition SLPP, women are been seen selling posters of candidate Maada Bio, along with green SLPP wristbands, flasks and whistles. A large group of people dance in front of the giant green office.
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“People just sit there in the comfort of their chairs or their homes and then post all sorts of things — ‘oh, this will happen tomorrow, some people are planning,'” he said.
“And there are people in our society who are very gullible,” he added. “They swallow this information hook, line and sinker, that is what’s creating the tension. We are using the mainstream media to appeal to them to be calm.”
At the headquarters of the ruling APC party, music is blasted from speakers outside, but the mood is subdued.
President Ernest Bai Koroma had to stand down this year, having served the limit of two terms. The first round of voting was close, with ruling party candidate Samura Wilson Kamara trailing Bio by less than 15,000 ballots.
The rumor mill is working overtime, adding to tensions.
APC supporters claim that members of the international community, specifically Ghanaian President John Mahama and the British High Commissioner, have gone something to do and are meddling on behalf of the opposition. The accusations have denied by the officials.
It has been noted that a common Sierra Leonean doesn’t have money for banking purpose, they only live on a day to day basis. “everyday for itself”. People are afraid to go to work. Then they don’t want to leave their children at home when they go to work, so things are just upside down”.
The National Electoral Commission has said it expects to announce results Thursday.