Nov. 17, 2012 Held

Sierra Leone

Republic of Sierra Leone

Election for Sierra Leonean Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:2,350,626
Valid Votes:2,241,728
Invalid Votes:108,898

Vote Share by Candidate:

Ernest Bai KOROMA1,314,881


Julius Maada BIO837,517


Charles Francis MARGAI28,944


Joshua Albert CAREW22,863


Eldred COLLINS12,993


Samuel KAMARA8,273


Mohamed BANGURA5,069


James Obbaii FULLAH5,044

Election Results Modified: Oct 26, 2012

General Information

At stake in this election:

  • The office of President of Sierra Leone

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Ernest Bai KOROMA *
  • Head of Government: President Ernest Bai KOROMA
  • 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 by plurality vote in single-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms and 12 members are elected by indirect vote to serve 5-year terms.***

*** 12 seats are filled by paramount chiefs elected in separate elections.

Main Candidates in the Presidential race:

  • Ernest Bai KOROMA
  • Julius Maada BIO
  • Charles Francis MARGAI
    • Party: People's Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC)
  • James Obbaii FULLAH
    • Party: United National People's Party (UNPP)
  • Eldred COLLINS
    • Party: Revolutionary United Front Party (RUFP)
  • Gibrilla KAMARA
    • Party: People's Democratic Party (PDP)
  • Joshua Albert CAREW
    • Party: Citizens Democractic Party (CDP)
  • Mohamed BANGURA
    • Party: United Democratic Movement (UDM)

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 6,043,157 (2012)
  • Registered Voters: 2,701,299 (2012)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 3,056,584 (2012)

·         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: No

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 15 (following the 2012 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: 906,473 (est.)

Election Modified: May 10, 2024

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