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Sierra Leone's President Bio Re-Elected

FILE - Sierra Leone's President and ruling party candidate Julius Maada Bio speaks to journalists after casting his vote for national elections at a polling station in Freetown, Sierra Leone, June 24, 2023.

FREETOWN — Sierra Leone's President Julius Maada Bio was re-elected with 56.17% to serve a second term, the head of the electoral commission said on Tuesday, following a process disputed by the opposition.

His main challenger Samura Kamara came second with 41.16% of the vote, according to final results announced in Freetown by commission chief Mohamed Kenewui Konneh.

Vote tallying had already been disputed by the opposition All People's Congress (APC), which condemned in a statement Monday an alleged lack of inclusiveness, transparency and responsibility by the electoral commission.

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The party pointed to the lack of information about which polling stations or districts the ballots were coming from.

It had said it "will not accept these fake and cooked up results."

In a follow-up statement, it alleged "overvoting" in some areas and said the party "continues to reject" the "fabricated results" and "reaffirms our victory."

During a Monday evening press conference, European Union observers said a lack of transparency and communication by the electoral authority had led to mistrust in the electoral process.

The monitors said they witnessed violence at seven polling stations during voting hours and at three others during the closing and counting stages.