Sierra Leonean general election, 1996

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General elections were held in Sierra Leone on 26 and 27 February 1996 to elect a president and Parliament of Sierra Leone. A second round of voting in the presidential election was held on 15 March. It was the first election since multi-party politics had been reintroduced following a referendum on a new constitution in 1991.

The parliamentary elections were won by the Sierra Leone People's Party, whilst the All People's Congress (which was the sole legal party between 1978 and 1991) finished fourth. The presidential election was won by the SLPP's candidate, Ahmed Tejan Kabbah. However, he was deposed by a coup led by Johnny Paul Koroma on 25 May 1997. On 10 March 1998 Kabbah was returned to power by Nigerian-led ECOWAS forces.

Presidential elections[edit]

As no candidate won more than 55% of the vote in the first round, a second round of voting was held.

Results[edit]

Candidates Parties First round Second round
Votes % Votes %
Ahmad Tejan Kabbah Sierra Leone People's Party 266,893 35.80 608,419 59.50
John Karefa-Smart United National People's Party 168,666 22.62 414,335 40.50
Thaimu Bangura People's Democratic Party 119,782 16.07
John Karimu National Unity Party 39,617 5.31
Edward Turay All People's Congress 38,316 5.14
Abu Aiah Koroma Democratic Centre Party 36,779 4.93
Abass Bundu People's Progressive Party 21,557 2.89
Amadu Jalloh National Democratic Alliance 17,335 2.33
Edward Kargbo People's National Convention 15,798 2.12
Desmond Luke National Unity Movement 7,918 1.06
Andrew Lungay Social Democratic Party 5,202 0.70
Andrew Turay National Peoples Party 3,925 0.53
Mohamed Sillah National Alliance Democratic Party 3,723 0.50
Total 745,511 100 1,022,754 100

Parliamentary elections[edit]

The SLPP won the most seats in the elections, but fell well short of a majority, with only 27 of the 68 elected seats.

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats
Sierra Leone People's Party 269,888 35.94 27
United National People's Party 165,219 22.00 17
People's Democratic Party 114,429 15.24 12
All People's Congress 42,467 5.66 5
National Unity Party 39,285 5.23 4
Democratic Centre Party 35,632 4.75 3
People's Progressive Party 21,361 2.84 0
National Democratic Alliance 20,125 2.68 0
People's National Convention 19,019 2.53 0
National Unity Movement 8,885 1.18 0
Social Democratic Party 5,900 0.79 0
National People's Party 3,992 0.53 0
Indirectly elected paramount chiefs - - 12
Invalid/blank votes 4,656 - -
Total 750,858 100 80
Source: Elections Today