March 7, 2018 Held

Sierra Leone

Republic of Sierra Leone

Election for Sierra Leonean Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:2,676,549
Valid Votes:2,537,122
Invalid Votes:139,427

Vote Share by Candidate:

Julius Maada BIO1,097,482


Samuel KAMARA1,082,748


Kandeh Kolleh YUMKELLA174,014


Samuel SAM-SUMANA 87,720


Mohamed Kamaraimba MANSARAY26,704


Charles F MARGAI9,864


Mohamed SOWA-TURAY5,695


SAA Henry KABUTA3,061

Election Results Modified: Jun 18, 2018

General Information

Sierra Leone: President, 7 March 2018

At stake in this election:

  • The office of President of Sierra Leone

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Ernest Bai KOROMA *
  • Head of Government: President Ernest Bai KOROMA
  • Assembly: Sierra Leone has a unicameral Parliament with 124 seats.

* The president is both the chief of state and head of government. Ernest Bai KOROMA was the president at the time of this election; the current president is Julius Maada BIO. 

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system to serve a 5-year term. If no candidate receives more than 55% of the vote in the first round, a second round is held between the top two candidates.
  • In the Parliament, 112 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms and 12 members are elected by indirect vote to serve 5-year terms.***

*** 12 seats are filled by paramount chiefs elected in separate elections.

Main Candidates in the Presidential race:

  • Samura Matthew Wilson KAMARA
  • Julius Maada BIO
  • Charles Francis MARGAI
    • Party: People's Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC)
  • SAA Henry KABUTA
    • Party: United National People's Party (UNPP)
  • Mohamed Kamaraimba MANSARAY 
    • Party: Alliance Democratic Party
  • Samuel SAM-SUMANA 
    • Party: Coalition for Change
  • Kandeh Kolleh YUMKELLA
    • Party: National Grand Coalition
  • Mohamed SOWA-TURAY
    • Party: United Democratic Movement (UDM)

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 6,043,157 (2012)
  • Registered Voters: 2,701,299 (2012)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 3,056,584 (2012)

·         Is Sierra Leone a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (21 September 1988)

·         Has Sierra Leone ratified CEDAW: Yes (11 November 1988)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: No

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 15 (following the 2012 elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 181 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Very High (2014)

Disability Data:

·         Is Sierra Leone a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)

·         Has Sierra Leone ratified CRPD: Yes (4 October 2010)

·         Population with a disability: 906,473 (est.)

Election Modified: Jun 21, 2024

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