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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: May 17, 2022

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

"On 21 July, Sierra Leone’s cabinet adopted a bill to set aside 30% of elective and public offices for women. A version of this Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) bill was first put forward in 2012 under Ernest Koroma’s All People’s Congress (APC) administration, but certain political obstacles blocked passage at the time." (Songhai Advisory, July 29, 2021)





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