Sierra Leone Supreme Court holds first election petition hearing
The Supreme Court of Sierra Leone held its first sitting on Wednesday to hear the much-anticipated petition challenging the 2012 presidential election results.
The petition was filed by the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) in November last year, just days after incumbent president Ernest Bai Koroma was declared winner with 59 per cent of the vote.
The SLPP’s Brigadier (Rtd) Julius Maada Bio got 37 per cent. Local and international observers said the election was free and transparent. Coming five months since the filing of the petition, civil society and opposition activists had accused the Supreme Court of “refusing” to hear the case, presumably at the government’s behest.
They cited Kenya, where the presidential election was held only recently yet the Supreme Court there dealt with petitions expeditiously.