Sierra Leone Association of Journalists
The Electoral Commission of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) wishes to inform members of the Association that the election results declared by the Chief Electoral Commissioner at the close of polls on Saturday the 29th November 2008 had an anomaly specifically with the results of the candidates for the post of National Organizing Secretary from the Southern Region.
The results for this position so declared were as follows:
Hawa G. Tucker -42 votes
Amadu Daramy -13
Unisa Bangura -13
However, the Commission wishes it to be known by all members that there was a human error in the collaboration of the votes cast for Mr. Amadu Daramy in the Southern Region, which was relayed to the Chief Electoral Commissioner through a telephone call.
After the declaration of the results and winners of the elections, Mr. Amadu Daramy petitioned the votes cast for him in the Southern Region.
Upon further investigation, it came out clearly that the chief electoral commissioner did not properly hear the results of Mr. Amadu Daramy read to him by telephone by the Electoral Commissioner for Southern Region Mr. Dominic Lamin.
Instead of 13 votes as recorded for Mr. Amadu Daramy from the Southern Region he actually polled 37 votes.
Therefore, the National results for the post of National Organizing Secretary should now read as follows:
Mr. Amadu Daramy -175 votes
Hawa G Tucker -159 votes
Unisa Bangura -77 votes
The Commission therefore declares Mr. Amadu Daramy who polled the highest number of votes cast as winner for the post of National Organizing Secretary and not Hawa G. Tucker as was declared on the day of the polls.
On Tuesday 2nd December 2008, a meeting was held by the Commission and the candidates who vied for this post and this situation was made very clear to them backed by certified results from Bo.
However, the Commission regret any inconvenience caused by this human error. It is hoped that members will show understanding to this regard.
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