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Elections in Sierra Leone

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Sierra Leone

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.

The next election will be held on the 7th March, 2018.

Latest elections

2012 Presidential election

Candidate Party Votes %
Ernest Bai Koroma All People's Congress 1,314,881 58.7
Julius Maada Bio Sierra Leone People's Party 837,517 37.4
Charles Margai People's Movement for Democratic Change 28,944 1.3
Joshua Albert Carew Citizens Democratic Party 22,863 1.0
Eldred Collins Revolutionary United Front 12,993 0.6
Gibrilla Kamara People's Democratic Party 8,273 0.4
Kandeh Baba Conteh Peace and Liberation Party 6,144 0.3
Mohamed Bangura United Democratic Movement 5,069 0.2
James Obai Fullah United National People's Party 5,044 0.2
Invalid/blank votes 108,898
Total 2,459,524 100
Registered voters/turnout 2,692,635 87.3
Source: National Electoral Commission

2012 Parliamentary election

Party Votes % Seats +/–
All People's Congress 1,149,234 53.67 67 +8
Sierra Leone People's Party 819,185 38.25 42 –1
People's Movement for Democratic Change 69,202 3.23 0 –10
National Democratic Alliance 27,706 1.29 0 0
Revolutionary United Front 12,573 0.59 0 New
United Democratic Movement 11,771 0.55 0 New
People's Democratic Party 8,387 0.39 0 New
Citizens Democratic Party 7,446 0.35 0 New
United National People's Party 4,734 0.22 0 0
Peace and Liberation Party 2,330 0.11 0 0
Independents 28,914 1.35 0 0
Elected Chiefs 12 0
Vacant seats 3
Total 2,141,482 100 124 0
Source: National Electoral Commission

Past elections

2007 Presidential election

e • d 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)

George Davide During 2007 Parliamentary election===

e • d 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)


See also

References

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

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