Sierra Leone’s election body has reversed its earlier decision to go ahead with preparations for the runoff presidential poll despite a high court order halting the conduct.

A second press release from NEC says it’s stopped preparations until the matter returns to court on Monday.

The High court of Sierra Leone has today put an injunction on the conduct of the country’s presidential runoff election scheduled for 27.03.2018.

The hearing has howsoever been adjourned to Monday, 26th March 2018.

On 23.03.2018, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) objected that an individual citizen can’t go to court seeking redress on national issues. The court today ruled individual citizens have full, bonafide rights, to take NEC and the Government of Sierra Leone to court.

Another ruling by the court was that it has the jurisdiction to hear the case.

In his capacity as a citizen and voter, Ibrahim Sorie Koroma, a lawyer and former parliamentary candidate under the All People’s Congress, made a court application against NEC and its Chief, requesting an injunction on the presidential runoff election, forensic audit of vote counts, internal systems of the institution, etc.