Sierra Leone

Parliament

About parliament

Basic information such as the official name of parliament and details of its structure and leadership. Also includes the current breakdown of MPs by sex and age, and provisions for quotas and reserved seats.

Parliament name
Parliament
Chamber name
Parliament
Parliamentary term (years)
5

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 1963 to 1967
from 1969 to 1982
from 2008
IPU Geopolitical Group/s IPU Geopolitical Groups: African Group, Arab Group, Asia-Pacific Group, Eurasia Group, Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC), Twelve Plus Group.
African Group

Speaker

Official title The Speaker may for example be known as the Presiding Officer, President, Chairman/Chairperson, etc.
Speaker of Parliament
Speaker
Abass Chernor Bundu (Male)
Year of birth
1948
Term
25.04.2018 to 30.04.2024
Additional information
Elected on 25 Apr. 2018, re-elected on 13 July 2023.
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Secretary General

Official title This post is most commonly called Secretary General or Clerk. It may also be called Secretary, Head/Chief of the Secretariat, Director General, etc.
Clerk
Secretary General
Umar Paran Tarawally (Male)

Members

Statutory number of members Statutory number of members, as defined in the constitution or other fundamental law.
149
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Principal mode of designation of members
Directly elected members Directly elected by citizens.
135
Indirectly elected members Indirectly elected, for example by regional parliaments or an electoral college.
14
Note on the statutory number of members
Indirectly elected members: Fourteen Paramount Chiefs are elected to represent the 14 provincial districts.
Current number of members Number of members who currently hold seats in parliament. May be lower or higher than the statutory number of members.
149
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Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
105
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Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
44
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Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
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Statutory number of members per country As defined in the constitution or other fundamental laws. Combines the number of parliamentarians in both chambers in bicameral parliaments.
149 See historical data for this field.
Population (in thousands)
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Age

Data on the age of parliamentarians is collected at the start of the legislature, following the most recent elections. This data is not updated during the legislature, except when parliament notifies the IPU of a change in the youngest or oldest member.

Average age of all members
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Reserved seats and quotas

There are reserved seats in parliament for certain groups Reserved seats are a means to ensure the parliamentary representation of certain groups in society.

Number of reserved seats, by group

Other groups
14
Notes
Fourteen Paramount Chiefs are indirectly elected to represent the 14 provincial districts.
Notes
Constitution for Paramount Chiefs
Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Notes
- 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.
Electoral quota for youth Quotas to promote the representation of youth in parliament.