The National Electoral Commission (NEC) is the entity responsible for letting the world know who the winner is for the November 17, 2012 Election in Sierra Leone; its mandate allows 10 days for reporting the official results. So far, no reports have been issued by the NEC.
The Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) has put out a preliminary declaration on its observations of the elections. But the incumbent President Ernest B. Koroma of the All Peoples Congress (APC) party is said to be confident of winning the election, this confidence has resulted in widespread reporting by the APC camp about this claimed victory; none of which can be substantiated as yet.
The main opposition candidate, Rtd. Brigadier General Julius Maada Bio of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) has been responding to this APC claimed victory by complaining of irregularities during the election and essentially disputing this claimed victory.
Meanwhile, as the candidates and the NEC battle it out for the next several days, there is no good source of reports in the Sierra Leonean press that one can count on as objective; of course, with all else happening around the world, the Western media has largely ignored the event. So, the best we can all do is wait for the NEC to announce the winner, all reports out there are purely speculative at this point.