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Sierra Leone (Republic of Sierra Leone)

Sierra Leone (Republic of Sierra Leone) has a Unicameral parliament with legislated quotas at the sub-national level. 18 of 146 (12%) seats in the Parliament are held by women.

At a glance

Structure of Parliament: Unicameral

Are there legislated quotas...

  • For the Single/Lower House? No
  • For the Sub-National Level? Yes

Are there voluntary quotas...

  • Adopted by political parties? No

Is there additional information?...

  • Yes

Last updated: Apr 8, 2019

Single/Lower House


Total seats 146
Total Women 18
% Women 12%
Election Year 2018
Electoral System FPTP
Quota Type No legislated
Election details IDEA Voter Turnout - IPU Parline

Quota at the Sub-National Level

  • Quota type: Reserved Seats
  Legal source Details
Quota type: Reserved Seats Constitution  
Electoral law

The 2004 Local Government Act created new local councils. Women's groups had advocated for special seats in the local councils, but the proposal did not succeed. However, equal representation for women was granted at the lower level, for the Ward Development Committees, elected at town meetings: out of 10 members, 5 must be women (Article 95 (2:c) of the 2004 Local Government Act).

Legal sanctions for non-compliance N/A Not applicable
Rank order/placement rules N/A Not applicable

Additional Information

The Constitutional review process is under way and women's groups are advocating for the adoption of legislated quotas for women. At least five parties have made a commitment to have women constitute at least 30 per cent of their candidates, while two parties have made a commitment to achieve 50 per cent parity between female and male candidates.





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