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Misleading

FACT-CHECKED

by SLAJ |

No, the claim that Christiana Thorpe declared 477 out of 6,000 polling stations void in SLPP stronghold in the 2007 presidential & parliamentary elections is misleading.

SLAJ-iVerify has fact-checked a viral Facebook post which appear in a form of a screenshot. The post was made by a page which is named “SLPP Waka-bɔt”. The page claims that in the 2007 elections, 477 out of 6,000 polling stations were declared void by Christiana Thorpe, and that all 477 stations were from SLPP strongholds. We have found the claim to be misleading.

Claim

“2007 Elections, 477 out of 6000 polling stations were declared void by Christiana Thorpe and all the 477 stations were from the strongholds of SLPP party” SLPP Waka bot Facebook page claims.

Rating Justification

SLAJ-iVerify has fact-checked the claim that in the 2007 elections, 477 out of 6,000 polling stations were declared void by Christiana Thorpe and that all 477 stations were from SLPP strongholds and found it to be misleading.

To arrive at this conclusion, SLAJ-iVerify undertook the following steps:

Firstly, SLAJ-iVerify performed an online search across multiple documents of the Presidential Election – Runoff – 8 September 2007 Final Results Summary from the National Electoral Commission. According to the published results, the vote totals were reflected at 5,679 polling stations, excluding those that were invalidated. A total of 1,740,058 votes were cast, resulting in an average national voter turnout of 68.09%.
Additionally, 43,793 invalid votes were cast, representing 2.45% of the total votes.

Indeed, results from 477 polling stations were invalidated due to overvoting at those stations. The 477 polling centers recorded more votes than the number of people registered in those centers.

Below are the following centers that were invalidated: Kailahun: 90, Kenema: 65, Kono: 9, Bombali: 17, Kambia: 8, Koinadugu: 12, Port Loko: 2, Tonkolili: 6, Bo: 123, Bonthe: 2, Moyamba: 24, Pujehun: 113, Western Rural: 1, and Western Urban: 5.

However, not all 477 polling stations that were invalidated were from SLPP strongholds according to data from the Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone (ECSL).

Consequently, based on these findings, SLAJ-iVerify concluded that the claim was misleading.

Evidence and References

http://www.sierra-leone.org/election_runoff2007.html

Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone.

THE SIERRA LEONE WEB.