Bio Leads Samura To A Runoff

Sierra Leone Electoral Chairman Mohamed Conteh addressing reporters

Sierra Leone Electoral Chairman Mohamed Conteh addressing reporters

Sierra Leone's election to pick outgoing President Ernest Bai Koroma's successor will head to a runoff later this month after neither of the two front-runners secured an outright majority in the first round, the electoral commission said on Tuesday.

Bio's party, the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) and the APC have been the dominant parties in the country and have ruled consecutively since independence from Britain in 1961.

Sierra Leone's All People's Congress presidential candidate Samura Kamara waves to supporters during a campaign rally in Mekeni, northen Sierra Leone, March 5, 2018.

Sierra Leone's elections could pave the way for blockchain technology to shape elections around the world. The move will also cut printing cost and will be cheaper than paper-based elections.

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The runoff between Bio and Kamara will take place on March 27 after neither candidate obtained the required 55 percent for an outright win, said Conteh.

The blockchain method primarily used by those engaging in cryptocurrency transactions is a decentralized mechanism where all the information is stored in blocks, can be viewed and altered by registered users.

Last Wednesday, the people of Sierra Leone headed to the polls to elect a new president.

The agency which enabled the elections with blockchain, Agora, a Swiss foundation offers digital voting solutions and uses a permitted blockchain.

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