June 24, 2023 Held

Sierra Leone

Republic of Sierra Leone

Election for Sierra Leonean Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:2,801,176
Valid Votes:2,789,809
Invalid Votes:11,367

Vote Share by Candidate:

Julius Maada BIO1,566,932


Samuel KAMARA1,148,262

Election Results Modified: Jun 28, 2023

General Information

At Stake in this Election: 

  • The Presidency of Sierra Leone 

Government Structure:  

  • Chief of State: President Julius Maada BIO (since 4 April 2018) 

  • Head of Government: President Julius Maada BIO (since 4 April 2018) 

  • Assembly: unicameral Parliament with 146 seats 

Electoral System:  

  • The President is directly elected by absolute majority vote in up to two rounds. The President may serve up to two 5-year terms. 

  • In Parliament, 132 members are directly elected by party-list proportional representation vote in 16 multi-seat constituencies (districts). Parties and independent candidates must win at least 11.9% of the district vote to receive a seat. The remaining 14 members are indirectly elected from among the Paramount Chiefs of Sierra Leone. 

  • Paramount Chiefs are non-partisan local leaders indirectly elected from among certain families (ruling houses) by Chiefdom Councillors. 

Last Election: 

In 2018, Julius Maada BIO won the presidency in the second round of voting with 51.80% of the vote. Voter turnout was 80%. 

New/Unique in this Election:  

Incumbent President BIO is seeking a second term. Unlike the 2018 election, the two largest opposition parties (NGC and C4C) are not fielding presidential candidates in 2023. 

Key Deadlines: 

Main Candidates in this Election: 

  • Julius Maada BIO 

  • Incumbent 

  • Party: Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) 

  • Samura Wilson Matthew KAMARA 

  • Party: All People’s Congress (APC) 

  • Charles Francis MARGAI 

  • Party: People’s Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) 

  • Abdulahi Dougakoro SACCOH 

  • Party: Revolutionary United Front (RUFP) 

  • Beresford Victor WILLIAMS 

  • Party: Republic National Independent Party (ReNIP) 

  • Mohamed Chernoh BAH 

  • Party: National Democratic Accountant Alliance (NDA) 

  • Iye KAKAY 

  • Party: Alliance Democratic Party (ADP) 

  • Jonathan Patrick SANDY 

  • Party: National Unity and Reconciliation Party (NURP) 

  • Mohamed JONJO 

  • Party: Citizen’s Democratic Party (CDP) 

  • Nabieu Musa KAMARA 

  • Party: Peace and Liberation Party (PLP) 

  • Prince COKER 

  • Party: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 

  • Mohamed SOWA-TURAY 

  • Party: United Democratic Movement (UDM) 

  • Saa Henry KABUTA 

  • Party: United National Peoples Party (UNPP) 

Population and Registered Voters: 

Gender Data: 

Disability Data: 

IFES Resources: 

  • Does IFES have a presence in Sierra Leone: No, past presence 

  • Election Access: Yes 

  • Election Judgements: Yes, 2 judgements and 10 resources 

Election Modified: Jul 10, 2023

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