Sierra Leone to Hold Runoff Vote As Opposition Wins First Round

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In the West African nation, if the candidate doesn't win a 55 percent of majority in the first round, a run-off presidential election between the first and second placed candidates is held two weeks after the certification of the results.

Sierra Leone's elections could pave the way for blockchain technology to shape elections around the world.

This is the first time that Sierra Leone authorities would take charge of the electoral process since end of the country's 11-year civil war in 2002, and the withdrawal of the UN Mission in 2014.

It's been an eventful vote for the country's citizens for more than one reason. The private blockchain network can only be accessed by chosen officials, reducing the chance of any tampering.

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Sierra Leone's elections is yet another example of blockchain technology expanding outside of cryptocurrency technology with the potential to shape elections around the world. "A country like Sierra Leone can ultimately minimize a lot of the fall-out of a highly contentious election by using software like this".

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).

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.