Clashes break out in Sierra Leone as voters choose new president

Authorities in Sierra Leone's capital report clashes have broken out amid political tensions on Election Day.

Voters were choosing between 16 candidates, though the skirmishes were reportedly between supporters of the two front-runners.

Riot police have intervened and at least one person has been stabbed in the melee and is being treated for wounds at the hospital.

In a live interview on AYV TV, leading presidential opposition candidate Julius Maada Bio from the SLPP party said that police had made a "rude interruption" at his office, coming to search it without a warrant.

However, the spokesman for the current president, Abdulai Bayratay, said the ruling APC party was "not trying to compromise the peace of the country."


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