Sierra Leone

Parliament

Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
24.06.2023
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
25.04.2023
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
30.06.2028
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
135
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
3,374,258

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
Mr. Julius Madaa Bio’s Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) won the elections, taking 81 of the 135 seats at stake (see note 1). The All People's Congress (APC), the largest party in the outgoing legislature, took the remaining seats. The percentage of women nearly doubled from 14.52% to 28.19% thanks to the Gender Empowerment Act (see note 2).

In the presidential elections held in parallel with the parliamentary polls, President Bio was re-elected. His rival, former foreign affairs minister Samura Kamara (APC), rejected the results. The European Union Election Observation Mission to Sierra Leone noted “statistical inconsistencies” in the presidential election results, and urged the Electoral Commission to publish disaggregated results data per polling station.

The 2023 elections followed the global COVID-19 pandemic, and were held against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine that started in February 2022. The major parties focused on job creation and agricultural development. The parliamentary elections were held under List Proportional Representation, instead of First Past The Post, which had been used previously (see note 3).

Note 1:
The number of members directly elected increased from 132 to 135 as of the 2023 elections. In addition, there are 14 Paramount Chiefs who are indirectly elected to represent the 14 provincial districts.

Note 2:
The Gender Empowerment Act 2021 stipulates that: 30% of constituency seats in each district are to be reserved exclusively for female candidates contesting parliamentary election; and that the Electoral Commission is to reject a party's list of candidates if it fails to comply with the 30% women’s quota.
The Public Elections Act 2022 also stipulates that, for every three candidates nominated for parliamentary elections, one of them is to be female.
Additionally, the Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Act 2022 stipulates that 30% of public and private jobs must be reserved for women.

Sources:
- The Gender Empowerment Act 2021, Part II – Reserved Seats and Appointment to Public Office, articles 2 (1) (a) and 2 (3), published in the Supplement to the Sierra Leone Extraordinary Gazette Vol. CXLXII, No. 45, dated 16 August 2021
- The Public Elections Act 2022, Part VI – Election of Members of Parliament, article 58 (2), published in the Supplement to the Sierra Leone Gazette Extraordinary Vol. CXLXIII, No. 67, dated 20 September 2022
- The Gender Equality and Empowerment Act 2022, Part II – Public Elections and Appointment to Public Office, article 3, published in the Supplement to the Sierra Leone Gazette Extraordinary Vol. CXLXIII, No. 91, dated 30 December 2022

Note 3:
In October 2022, following a consultation with President Bio, the Electoral Commission announced it had been directed to use the District Block and Proportional Representation system for the 2023 elections. Section 38 (A) of the Constitution allows the President to direct the Electoral Commission to conduct elections using the “district block representation system instead of constituencies” in cases where constituencies for a general election have not been established. In January 2023, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the changes.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
2
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
60%
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
No
Note on the alternation of power
Although the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) was not the largest party in the outgoing legislature, it continues to hold the country’s presidency in the presidential system.
Number of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
1
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP)
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) 81
All People's Congress (APC) 54
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
94
Number of women elected
41
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.
30.37%
Sources
Parliament (02.07.2023, 06.07.2023)
https://results.ec.gov.sl/
https://ec.gov.sl/
The Gender Empowerment Act, 2021
The Public Elections Act, 2022
The Gender Equality and Empowerment Act, 2022
Press Statement of the Electoral Commission for Sierra Leone (ECSL), 21 October 2022
Supreme Court judgement, delivered on 27 January 2023, Action intituled SC6/2022
https://www.eeas.europa.eu/eom-sierra-leone-2023/eu-eom-calls-electoral-commission-sierra-leone-prom...
BBC Monitoring
https://www.electionguide.org/elections/id/4025/
https://www.reuters.com
https://www.bbc.com
https://www.dw.com/en
Women Directly Elected
41
Women Indirectly Elected
1

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.
107
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.
42
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
13.07.2023
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 Chernor Bundu (Male)
Political party
Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP)
Date of election
13.07.2023