Sierra Leone

Parliament

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Abass Chernor Bundu (Male)
Year of birth
1948

Secretary general

Secretary General
Umar Paran Tarawally (Male)

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
18
See historical data for this field.
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
12.33% See historical data for this field.

Age

Average age of all members
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See historical data for this field. Compare data of this field.
Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Aruna Araron Sesay (Male)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
78
Oldest member
Joseph Ali Kavura Kongomoh (Male)

Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Notes
There is a policy that advocates for a 30% quota for women in awarding party symbols.
Elections > Election results

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
795
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
100
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
12.58%
Number of candidates, by sex
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
100
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
12.58%

Results

Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
128
Number of women elected
18
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
14.52%
Note on the Distribution of seats according to sex
Of the 132 directly elected MPs 16 are women and of the 14 Paramount Chiefs, MPs, 2 are women.
Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Directly Elected
16
Women Indirectly Elected
2

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
128
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
18
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Abass Chernoh Bundu (Male)
Political party
Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP)
Date of election
25.04.2018
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Date of independence For countries that become independent after 1940
1961
Women’s right to vote
Women’s right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1961
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Universal
Women’s right to stand for election
Women's right to stand for election Year in which women obtained the right to stand for election
1961
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
National
First woman in parliament

Specialized body - Women's caucus

Sierra Leone Parliamentary Women's Caucus
The caucus is open to male MPs
Yes
The caucus is cross-party
Yes
Notes
Associate male members of parliament nominated by Caucus members.

As for the First Session of the Fifth Parliament of the Second Republic, there were 18 members of the caucus, from the following parties:
- All Peoples Congress 8
- Sierra Leone Peoples' Party 6
- Coalition for Change 1
- Independent Candidate 1
- Paramount Chiefs 2
There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus
Yes

Activities

Issues dealt with by the caucus
The mission of the Sierra Leone Female Parliamentarians’ Caucus is to create a non-partisan forum to identify, discuss, adopt and implement issues of common interest/concern and challenges to women parliamentarians as well as integrating gender, children and the vulnerable at all levels of development.

Contact information for the Committee