Election polls close in Sierra Leone
Election polls in the West African nation of Sierra Leone, has closed, marking the country's third-general elections since the end of the decade long civil war which ended in 2002.

The elections were closely monitored by thousands of observers, which seen voters electing a new president, parliament and local council officials.

Non-governmental organization, known as National Election Watch, says that voting went relatively well, however some delays were reported at some polling stations.

The countries incumbent leader, President Ernest Bai Koroma is running for re-election, and is being contested by eight other presidential candidates, including former military leader, Julius Maada Bio.

The three main political parties involved in this elections include President Koroma's All People's Congress (APC); Bio's Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) and the People's Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC), led by Charles Francis Margai, son of the countries former Prime Minister, Albert Margai.

In addition, the political-arm of the rebel group, Revolutionary United Front (RUF) is also contesting the elections.

The country is relatively stable and has made economic and political progress since the end of the brutal civil war, which killed some 50 000 people.

Sierra Leone has a rapidly growing economy, with these elections going on peacefully without incident. However the country remains one of poorest nations in the world.
Last Modified: 2012-11-19 12:00:01
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