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?...
Last updated: Apr 8, 2019
Quota at the Sub-National Level
- Quota type: Reserved Seats
|Quota type: Reserved Seats||Constitution|
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|
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.