Sierra Leonean general election, 2012

Sierra Leone presidential election, 2012
Sierra Leone
17 November 2012
Nominee Ernest Bai Koroma Julius Maada Bio
Running mate Samuel Sam-Sumana Kadi Sesay
Popular vote 1,314,881 819,185
Percentage 58.7% 37.4%

President before election

Ernest Bai Koroma

Elected President

Ernest Bai Koroma

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General elections were held in Sierra Leone on 17 November 2012.[1] The result was a victory for incumbent President Ernest Bai Koroma of the All People's Congress (APC), who received 58.7% of the vote. The APC also won 67 of the 112 elected seats in Parliament.


In April 2007, incumbent Ernest Bai Koroma was chosen by the All People's Congress as their candidate. He was challenged by former President and general Julius Maada Bio of the Sierra Leone People's Party. On July 31, 2011, Bio defeated Usman Boie Kamara for the party's nomination.[2]

In the elections for the twelve Chief seats in Parliament, only four were contested.[3]



Candidate Party Votes %
Ernest Bai KoromaAll People's Congress1,314,88158.7
Julius Maada BioSierra Leone People's Party837,51737.4
Charles MargaiPeople's Movement for Democratic Change28,9441.3
Joshua Albert CarewCitizens Democratic Party22,8631.0
Eldred CollinsRevolutionary United Front12,9930.6
Gibrilla KamaraPeople's Democratic Party8,2730.4
Kandeh Baba ContehPeace and Liberation Party6,1440.3
Mohamed BanguraUnited Democratic Movement5,0690.2
James Obai FullahUnited National People's Party5,0440.2
Invalid/blank votes108,898
Registered voters/turnout2,692,63587.3
Source: National Electoral Commission

By district

District Koroma Bio
Votes Votes
Kailahun District26,33122.685,52573.3
Kenema District39,18018.7163,30377.9
Kono District67,23858.242,91237.1
Bombali District176,02393.28,2494.4
Kambia District88,59782.014,08313.0
Koinadugu District89,28286.48,3338.1
Port Loko District182,76190.211,3295.6
Tonkolili District145,47992.66,8644.4
Bo District36,57516.7169,25477.1
Bonthe District7,66711.752,76280.6
Moyamba District28,70326.271,58765.3
Pujehun District10,56515.550,79674.7
Western Area Urban District315,07171.4120,64627.3
Western Area Rural District101,40974.331,87423.4
Source: NEC


Party Votes % Seats +/–
All People's Congress1,149,23453.6767+8
Sierra Leone People's Party819,18538.2542–1
People's Movement for Democratic Change69,2023.230–10
National Democratic Alliance27,7061.2900
Revolutionary United Front12,5730.590New
United Democratic Movement11,7710.550New
People's Democratic Party8,3870.390New
Citizens Democratic Party7,4460.350New
United National People's Party4,7340.2200
Peace and Liberation Party2,3300.1100
Elected Chiefs120
Vacant seats3
Source: National Electoral Commission


Three seats were left vacant, with no election taking place in constituencies 5, 12 and 92 (Western Area Rural District). The election was delayed in Western Area Rural District due to the death of PMDC candidate, and a by-election was held on 9 February 2013. The result was a victory for the APC candidate, who received 61% of the vote.[4]


Results showed Koroma winning in the first round of voting, receiving 58.7% of the vote against 37.4% for the SLPP candidate, Bio. If he had received less than 55% of the vote, a second round would have been necessary. Following the announcement of results, Koroma was promptly sworn in for another term as President on 23 November 2012. He said that he would "continue to attract investment" and "continue to fight corruption".[5]


  1. "Election Guide, Sierra Leone Country Profile". International Federation for Electoral Systems. 19 November 2010. Retrieved 25 February 2012.
  2. SEM (1 August 2011). "Julius Maada Bio wins SLPP flagbearership". Sierra Express Media. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
  3. Government Notice National Electoral Commission
  4. Declaration of Parliamentary Election Results in Constituency 92 National Electoral Commission
  5. Sierra Leone's Koroma promises growth in new term Reuters, 23 November 2012
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