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Sierra Leone: Coalition for Change Party denies newspaper story

Sierra Leone: Coalition for Change Party denies newspaper story

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.

Sierra Leone's National Electoral Commission (NEC) confirmed on Tuesday that the country, which became the first to use blockchain technologies in their voting process, will select its next president in a run-off election on March 27th.

The service was providedby blockchain firm Agora, reports Business Insider, and allowed each paper ballot to be logged using the specialised technology.

Sierra Leone's elections could pave the way for blockchain technology to shape elections around the world. And the system only tracked votes cast in the country's most populous district.

By doing so, voter fraud and vote manipulation - problems that have occurred in the region and throughout the world - can possibly be prevented.

Chairman of Sierra Leone's National Electoral Commission, Mohamed Nfa Ali Conteh, announces the results of the first round of Sierra Leone presidential election in Freetown, Sierra Leone March 13, 2018.

The race was primarily between Julius Maada Bio of the opposition party, Sierra Leone's People Party and Samura Kamara of the country's ruling party All People's Progress.

President Ernest Bai Koroma, who can not run again after consecutive five-year terms, anointed Kamara as his successor for the ruling All Peoples Party (APC).