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21st January 2019

"March 2018 Election was Rigged and Manipulated," Ernest Koroma Opens Up!

By a press release (24/12/18)

Breaking his silence recently, the former President Ernest Bai Koroma has disclosed that the March 2018 election was rigged and manipulated.

 

He said: "I listened to President Goodluck Jonathan last month, at his book launch in Abuja, recounting his ordeal of how his voting was disrupted by technology in the last elections here in Nigeria. (Photo: Ex-President Ernest Koroma in Christmas spirit with his wife in Freetown).

"Many of my compatriots back in Sierra Leone also reported similar disruptions during our March 2018 elections right from the verification to the polling day; either by having someone else’s photograph against their details on their voter card, or their photographs against someone else’s details, or their names not showing up in the centres they registered and where they were required to vote.

"These disruptions may appear as ‘minor’ technical hitches but they could undermine confidence to the extent that, at some point in our case, both the public and leaders demanded a recount of the results.

"Either way, the new trend clearly shows that hackers or vested interests have perfected their trade from mere information and propaganda attacks to techniques designed to more directly manipulate electoral processes and outcomes.

"The danger is that, if this awkward trend is not mitigated, voters will become frustrated and lose confidence in our democratic systems. It is therefore no longer acceptable to say that the people are able to participate in elections while their votes decide nothing - yet those with vested interest decide everything using rogue ICT applications," Ernest Bai Koroma concluded. (Photo: NEC boss Nfa Ali was under serious pressure).

The defeated APC party and other opposition political parties were quick to point accusing fingers at the National Electoral Commission NEC led by Chairman Nfa Ali Conteh for the many elections irregularities that marred the March 2018 polls, which the SLPP party of President Julius Maada Bio eventually won.

But this first time the former APC leader has made his opinion about the March 2018 general and presidential elections known. However, the NEC has always maintained its neutrality and professionalism during the disputed elections.

TRIBUTE: Alpha Shaw

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