May 14, 2002 Held

Sierra Leone

Republic of Sierra Leone

Election for Sierra Leonean Presidency


Cast Votes:1,907,455
Valid Votes:None
Invalid Votes:None


Ahmad Tejan KABBA1,336,423


Ernest Bai KOROMA426,405


Johnny Paul KOROMA57,233


Other Candidates54,320


Pallo BANGURA33,074


More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • The office of President of Sierra Leone

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Ahmad Tejan KABBAH *
  • Head of Government: President Ahmad Tejan KABBAH
  • Assembly: Sierra Leone has a unicameral Parliament with 124 seats.

* The president is both the chief of state and head of government.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system to serve a 5-year term.
  • In the Parliament, 112 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 5-year terms and 12 members are elected by indirect vote to serve 5-year terms.***

*** The 12 paramount chiefs are indirectly elected to represent the 12 provincial districts.

Main Candidates in the Presidential race:

  • Ahmad Tejan KABBA
    • Party: Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP)
  • Ernest Bai KOROMA
    • Party: All People's Congress (APC)
  • Johnny Paul KOROMA
    • Party: Peace and Liberation Party (PLP)
  • Pallo BANGURA
    • Party: Revolutionary United Front Party (RUFP)
  • Other Candidates
    • Party: N/A

Last Presidential election:

  • Parliamentary elections were last held February 26-27, 1996.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 4,422,154 (2002)
  • Registered Voters: 2,342,547 (2002)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 2,240,265 (2002)

·         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: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 18 (following the 2002 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: 663,323 (est.)