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SIERRA LEONE
Parliament

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GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE PARLIAMENTARY CHAMBER

Parliament name Parliament
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Structure of parliament Unicameral
Affiliation to the IPU Yes
Affiliation date(s) 1963 - 1967
1969 - 1982
2008 -
LEADERSHIP
President Sheku Badara Bashiru Dumbuya (M) 
Notes Elected on 21 Jan. 2014.
Secretary General Ibrahim Sesay (M) 
COMPOSITION
Members (statutory / current number) 124 / 121
PERCENTAGE OF WOMEN


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Women (current number) 15 (12.40%)
Mode of designation directly elected 112
indirectly elected 12
Notes Indirectly elected members: twelve Paramount Chiefs are elected to represent the 12 provincial districts.
Term 5 years
Last renewal dates 17 November 2012
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CONTACT INFORMATION
Address The Sierra Leone Parliament
Parliament Building, OUA
Drive, Tower Hill
FREETOWN
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Phone (23222) 223 140
222 483
Fax (23222) 222 483
E-mail admin@parliament.gov.sl (Clerk)
info@parliament.gov.sl
sierraleoneparliament@hotmail.com
Website
http://www.parliament.gov.sl/

ELECTORAL SYSTEM

Parliament name Parliament
Structure of parliament Unicameral
LEGAL FRAMEWORK
Electoral law 7 February 2002
The Electoral Laws Act, 2002
Mode of designation directly elected 112
indirectly elected 12
Constituencies - 112 single-seat constituencies
(40 constituencies in Northern Province, 27 in Eastern Province, 25 in Southern Province and 20 in Western Area)
Voting system Majority: Single-member plurality system ("first past the post")
Candidates who are elected under a party list but switch to another political party after the election must resign as members of parliament.
By-elections are held within six months to fill vacancies which arise between general elections.
Voting is not compulsory.
Voter requirements - age: 18 years at the time of registration
- Sierra Leonean citizenship, including naturalized citizens
- disqualifications: insanity, imprisonment, electoral offences
CANDIDATES
Eligibility - qualified electors
- age: 21 years at the time of registration
- Sierra Leonean citizenship (naturalized citizens must have resided in Sierra Leone for 25 consecutive years after naturalization, or have served in the Civil or Regular Armed Services of Sierra Leone for a continuous period of 25 years)
- proficiency in written and spoken English
- membership of a political party
Ineligibilities:
- allegiance to a foreign State
- persons under sentence of death
- persons sentenced to imprisonment exceeding 12 months
- persons convicted and sentenced for an offence which involves fraud or dishonesty
- members of the Armed Forces
- Paramount Chiefs
- civil servants
- persons disqualified from practicing their profession in Sierra Leone
- persons involved in the conduct of any election to Parliament
- persons convicted of any offence connected with the election of MPs
- persons of unsound mind
Incompatibilities - the President and Vice-president
- ministers and deputy ministers
- members of any commission established under Constitution
- members of the armed forces
Candidacy requirements Candidates must have the support of at least three registered voters in the constituency in which they are running.
- deposit of 100,000 leones (equivalent to US$ 34)
The deposit is reimbursable if a) the candidate dies before election day; b) the election does not take place; or c) the candidate obtains at least one tenth of the total number of votes cast.

LAST ELECTIONS

Parliament name Parliament
Structure of parliament Unicameral
BACKGROUND
Dates of election / renewal (from/to) 17 November 2012
Timing and scope of renewal President Ernest Bai Koroma's All People's Congress (APC) remained the largest party in parliament, taking 67 of the 112 directly-elected seats. During the campaign, it promised to consolidate stability by improving infrastructure, agriculture and foreign relations.

The rival Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) took 42 seats, pledging to work for development, infrastructure, economy and governance.

Mr. Koroma was re-elected in the presidential elections and sworn in for a second term on 23 November
Date of previous elections: 11 August 2007

Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature: 25 September 2012

Timing of election: Upon normal expiry

Expected date of next elections: November 2017

Number of seats at stake: 112 (full renewal)

Number of candidates: 586 (548 men, 38 women)

Percentage of women candidates: 6.5%

Number of parties contesting the election: 10

Number of parties winning seats: 2

Alternation of power: No

Number of parties in government: 1

Names of parties in government: All People's Congress (APC)

Date of the first session of the new parliament: 7 December 2012

Name of the new Speaker: Mr. Abel Nathaniel Stronge (APC)
STATISTICS
Voter turnout
Round no 117 December 2012
Number of registered electors
Voters
Blank or invalid ballot papers
Valid votes


108'898
2'350'626
Notes
Distribution of votes
Round no 1
Political group Candidates Votes % of votes
All People's Party (APP)
Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP)
Distribution of seats
Round no 1
Political Group Total of seats Number of women
All People's Party (APP) 67 8
Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) 42 7
Distribution of seats according to sex
Men

Women

Percent of women
106

15

12.40%
Distribution of seats according to age
Distribution of seats according to profession
Comments
Note on the distribution of seats according to political parties:
As at 28 November 2012, the Election Commission had not announced the results for three constituencies: one due to the death of a candidate and two others due to a pending court injunction.

Source: Parliament (03.12.2012)

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