Freetown, Sierra Leone - With 7.4% of the total results so far released by Sierra Leone's National Electoral Commission (NEC), the presidential candidate of the opposition All Peoples Party (APC), Ernest Bai Koroma, has taken an early lead in the polls.
According to the results announced Monday by the chairperson of NEC, Christiana Thorpe, Koroma is leading the ruling Sierra Leone's Peoples Party (SLPP) candidate and Vice President Solomon Berewa in 74 out of the 454 polling stations in Port loko, Tonkolili and BomBali Districts, as well as in Western Area Rural and Western Area Urban.
The results showed Koroma has so far polled a total of 107,341 votes out of 150,374 votes, against Berewa's 33,041 votes.
Thorpe said the remaining results were expected to be released Tuesday.
Voting took place in 6,171 polling stations in Saturday's landmark parliamentary and presidential elections, the first to be organised by Sierra Leone since the end of the country's civil war in 2001.
The UN organised the 2002 election that ushered in President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, who is due to step down having served out his tenure.
Seven candidates contested the presidential election.