Sierra Leone agrees to delay election run-off

FREETOWN – A Sierra Leone court on Saturday upheld a request by a member of the ruling party for an injunction to delay a presidential election run-off that was meant to happen on Tuesday.

The party member, Ibrahim Sorie Koroma, filed for the injunction on Thursday, saying there was evidence of electoral fraud that needed to be investigated before the poll could go ahead.

The court said it was issuing “an interim injunction restraining the … defendants from conducting the Presidential Election … pending the hearing … of this court”.

It said it would review the defendants’ response on Monday.

Opposition leader Julius Maada Bio, of the Sierra Leone People’s Party — briefly a former military junta leader — will be standing against former foreign minister Samura Kamara of the ruling All People’s Congress, after neither of the two front-runners secured an outright majority in the first round.

But tensions over alleged fraud in some districts, and complaints of police harassment against the electoral commission, have marred the current process.

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