March 7, 2018 Held

Sierra Leone

Republic of Sierra Leone

Election for Sierra Leonean Parliament

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Seats won in this election:

  • All People's Congress (APC):    68
  • Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP):    48
  • National Grand Coalition (NGC):    4
  • Coalition for Change (C4C):    8
  • Independents:    3


At stake in this election:

  • 112 seats in the Parliament

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 is not seeking re-election.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system to serve a 5-year term.
  • 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 parties in the electoral race:

  • Party: All People's Congress (APC)
    • Leader: Ernest Bai KOROMA
    • Seats won in last election: 67
  • Party: United National People's Party (UNPP)
    • Leader: James Obai Fullah
    • Seats won in last election: 0
  • Party: Peace and Liberation Party (PLP)
    • Leader: Syl Juxon SMITH
    • Seats won in last election: 0
  • Alliance: Revolutionary United Front Party (RUFP)
    • Leader: Eldred COLLINS
    • Seats won in last election: N/A
  • Party: People's Democratic Party (PDP)
    • Leader: Prince COKER
    • Seats won in last election: N/A
  • Party: Citizens Democratic Party (CDP)
    • Leader: Joshua CAREW
    • Seats won in last election: N/A
  • Party: United Democratic Movement (UDM)
    • Leader: Mohamed BANGURA
    • Seats won in last election: N/A
  • Coalition: National Grand Coalition (NGC)
    • Leader: Doris BRIGHT
    • Seats won in last election: N/A 
  • Coalition for Change (C4C)
    • ‚ÄčLeader: Alhaji Samuel SAM-SUMANA
    • Seats won in last election: N/A
  • Independents

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.)