On 13 April 2018, the former Presidential candidate of the All People’s Congress (APC), Samura Kamara, filed a petition at the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone challenging the presidential runoff election results. He filed the petition together with the APC Vice Chair, Alhaji Minkailu Mansaray, and the national Secretary General, Osman Foday Yansaneh.
The Respondents are the Chair of the National Electoral Commission, Mohamed N’fa Alie Conteh (first respondent), the National Electoral Commission (second respondent) and President Julius Maada Bio (third respondent).
They accused the first respondent (N’fa Alie Conteh) that notwithstanding the irregularities, he went ahead and announced Julius Maada Bio as president and also prayed that the court determines that the NEC Chair acted illegally when he included result of polling station where over voting occurred.
On 17 April 2018, the Supreme Court Judge, Brown Marke, together with Justice Reginald Fynn and Eku Robert ordered that counsel for the applicants, Lansana Dumbuya, address the title and description of the third respondent (President Bio) properly.
According to Justice Browne – Marke, Bio has been elected and should be addressed as President of Sierra Leone at State House not as Julius Maada Bio of the Sierra Leone People’s Party at Wallace Johnson Street. “We acknowledged that you filed within time but try to address him properly,” Justice Browne Marke said.
He urged the Counsel to do it as soon as possible, so that the necessary affidavits will be served in order for them to start to look into the matter properly.
Earlier, Counsel for the applicant, Lansana Dumbuya, said counsel representing the respondent (NEC) Drucil Taylor, has accepted service on Monday. He promised to do the necessary amendments and serve the required papers to all the parties concerned.