Elections in Sierra Leone

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Elections in Sierra Leone are held on a national level to elect the president and the unicameral Parliament. Sierra Leone has a multi-party system, with two or three strong parties.

Both the president and the members of Parliament are elected for five-year terms. The Parliament has 124 members, 112 elected through plurality vote in single-member constituencies and 12 members elected by indirect vote.[1]

An independent Electoral Commission, composed of a chairman and four commissioners, is selected by the president, subject to the approval of Parliament. The commission is responsible for voter registration and elections and referenda. and the registration of both voters and political parties. There must also be an independent Political Parties Registration Commission, made up of four members chosen by the president.

Voters must be 18 years old and of sound mind. Voting is by secret ballot.

Latest elections

2007 Presidential election

 Summary of the 11 August 2007 and 8 September President of Sierra Leone election results
Candidate Party 1st round 2nd round
Votes % Votes %
Ernest Bai Koroma All People's Congress (APC) 815,523 44.34% 950,407 54.62%
Solomon Berewa Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) 704,012 38.28% 789,651 45.38%
Charles Margai People's Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) 255,499 13.89%
Andrew Turay Convention People's Party (CPP) 28,610 1.56%
Amadu Jalloh National Democratic Alliance (NDA) 17,748 0.96%
Kandeh Baba Conteh Peace and Liberation Party (PLP) 10,556 0.57%
Abdul Kady Karim United National People's Party (UNPP) 7,260 0.39%
Total: (turnout 75.8%) 1,839,208 100.00% 1,740,058 100.00%
Source: National Electoral Commission (first round), National Electoral Commission (second round)

2007 Parliamentary election

 Summary of the 11 August 2007 Parliament of Sierra Leone election results
Parties Votes % Seats
All People's Congress 728,898 40.73% 59
Sierra Leone People's Party 707,608 39.54% 43
People's Movement for Democratic Change 275,435 15.39% 10
National Democratic Alliance 31,388 1.75% 0
Convention People's Party 15,303 0.86% 0
United National People's Party 14,078 0.79% 0
Independents 10,127 0.57% 0
Peace and Liberation Party 6,752 0.38% 0
Traditional chiefs 12
Total 1,789,589 100.00% 124
Invalid (8.94% of all votes) 175,606
Total including invalid votes 1,965,195
Source: National Electoral Commission (seats and votes per constituency)

The traditional chiefs elected twelve MPs independently from the parliamentary
election; they are considered to be allied to the SLPP. (AFP)

Past elections

See also


  1. "Sierra Leone Overview". Election Guide. IFES. Retrieved 7 February 2013.

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