Sierra Leonean general election, 1962

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General elections were held in Sierra Leone in May 1962, just over a year after the country gained independence from the United Kingdom. The first to be held under universal suffrage, they were won by the ruling Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP), although his party received less votes than independent candidates.[1] SLPP leader Milton Margai remained Prime Minister.


A total of 216 candidates contested the 62 seats, of which seven were won unopposed; four by the SLPP, two by the All People's Congress (APC) and one by an independent one. The SLPP nominated 59 candidates, the APC 32 and the Sierra Leone Progressive Independence Movement and the United Progressive Party four each. The other 117 candidates were independents.[2]


Party Votes % Seats +/−
Sierra Leone People's Party 230,118 34.7 28 +4
All People's Congress 114,333 17.2 16 New
Sierra Leone Progressive Independence Movement 34,839 5.2 4 New
United Progressive Party 1,660 0.3 0 −5
Independents 282,724 42.6 14 +4
Indirectly elected paramount chiefs 12 0
Total 663,674 100 74 +13
Source: Nohlen et al.


  1. ^ Nohlen, D, Krennerich, M & Thibaut, B (1999) Elections in Africa: A data handbook, pp798-799 ISBN 0-19-829645-2
  2. ^ Dolf Sternberger, Bernhard Vogel, Dieter Nohlen & Klaus Landfried (1978) Die Wahl der Parlamente: Band II: Afrika, Zweiter Halbband, p1903