Freetown - Julius Maada Bio, beaten into second place in Sierra
Leone's presidential poll according to official results, denounced the
election as riddled with fraud in a statement to AFP on Saturday.
"The process was fraudulent and the results do not reflect the will of Sierra Leoneans," he said.
party has raised concerns about electoral irregularities including
faked and unstamped reconciliation and results forms, pre-marked ballot
papers, ballot stuffing and overvoting in Kono (diamond-rich east), the
western area and the northern province," he said.
"These and many more instances of malpractice undermines the credibility of the results."
Friday, Koroma was declared re-elected and sworn in for a second term
after winning the first round outright with 58% of votes.
Bio, an ex-military ruler and candidate for the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP), trailed in second place with 37.4%.
National Elections Commission chief Christiana Thorpe issued a
statement earlier in the week in response to previous SLPP allegations,
urging the party to provide evidence to the police.
International observers widely praised the poll as free, peaceful and well-conducted.
did however note some shortcomings in the voting process and said that
Koroma enjoyed an unequal playing field given that he dominated media
coverage and had used state resources for campaigning.
presidential, parliamentary and local elections were the first wholly
organised by government since the end of a brutal 11-year conflict in
2002 and were seen as a key test of its recovery
The war was one
of Africa's bloodiest and left the world with images of rebel leaders
armed from the sale of "blood diamonds" recruiting child soldiers and
hacking off arms and legs of citizens in a campaign of terror.