Update – SLPP election ends and Maada Bio wins
Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio took Presidential leadership of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) at exactly 5:50 am (Sierra Leone time) August 1st, 2011.
He scored 238 votes as against Usman Boie Kamara who came second with 186 votes.
In his victory statement, Bio thanked all, including fellow contenders and supporters for having the electioneering process conducted peacefully.
Voting ended shortly after Alpha Tejan Wurie, one of the 19 Presidential candidates cast the last but final vote to memorably bring to close the process.
At the hall at Miatta Conference Centre, all 19 aspirants were seated in an unambiguous manner, transparently observing the process of voting by delegates of the SLPP party.
All but none neither winked nor nodded their heads all night long.
The two major contenders, Alhaji Usman Boie Kamara and Retired Brigadier Maada Bio held their heads up hopeful and worriedly waiting to hear the chairman of the electoral board announce the result.
Even though votes were counted in isolation, Maada Bio successfully emerged as winner.
Supporters celebrated triumphantly with their candidate Maada Bio.
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