March 31, 2018 Held

Sierra Leone

Republic of Sierra Leone

Election for Sierra Leonean Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:2,578,271
Valid Votes:2,546,577
Invalid Votes:31,694

Vote Share by Candidate:

Julius Maada BIO1,319,406


Samuel KAMARA1,227,171

Election Results Modified: May 09, 2018

General Information

Sierra Leone: President, 31 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:

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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