False Claim – $1.5 Million from the US is not for Rerun of  2023 Elections

By: Christian Conteh

Claim: The US government has provided the sum of $1.5 million to facilitate the rerun of the June 2023 Presidential elections in Sierra Leone.

Verdict: FALSE

Full Text: Several messages circulating on social media platforms, including WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter, claim that the $1.5 million provided by the US government is intended for facilitating a rerun of the June 2023 Presidential Elections in Sierra Leone.

This information has been widely shared, especially by members and supporters of the main opposition, the APC, following their candidate Dr. Samura Kamara’s loss to the incumbent President Julius Maada Bio, as per official figures from the country’s electoral commission.

Methodology: A statement from the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, during a press conference in Freetown, unequivocally clarified that the US government’s commitment to supporting Sierra Leone’s electoral reform processes with a $1.5 million grant is not aimed at revisiting past election results. Instead, the focus is on strengthening democracy in Sierra Leone for the future.

Conclusion: The claim that the US government provided $1.5 million for rerunning the 2023 Presidential Elections in Sierra Leone is false.


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