Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, the candidate of the main oppositio, All People’s Congress (APC), has raised questions regarding the legitimacy of the recently announced results of the 2023 Freetown City Council elections.

The Electoral Commission for Sierra Leone (ECSL) declared Aki-Sawyerr as the winner, defeating her main rival, Mohamed ‘Gento’ Kamara of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), but the controversy surrounding the election outcome has now taken center stage.

The tightly contested mayoral election witnessed Aki-Sawyerr emerging as the victor, securing 51% of the votes with a total of 288,683 votes. Kamara, her main opponent, put up a strong fight, garnering 48% of the votes with a total of 268,213 votes. However, Aki-Sawyerr took to Twitter yesterday to express her doubts about the accuracy of the results, raising concerns that have ignited a storm of controversy.

In her tweet, Aki-Sawyerr shared a spreadsheet containing links to uploaded copies of 1,289 Result Reconciliation Forms (RRFs) from 226 polling centers, representing 80% of the total. She claimed that the data from these RRFs showed a significant discrepancy compared to the officially announced results.

“Pleased to share the spreadsheet below with links to uploaded copies of 1,289 #RRFs from 226 (80%) of polling centers. The results data from these RRFs show 191,634 (66.1%) votes for Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr and 95,025 (32.78%) votes for Mohamed Gento Kamara,” she stated.

According to the provided information, Aki-Sawyerr’s analysis of the RRFs indicated that she received 191,634 votes, accounting for 66.1% of the votes, while Kamara obtained 95,025 votes, representing 32.78% of the votes. These figures diverge noticeably from the officially declared results, casting doubt on the electoral process and outcome.