Sierra Leonean general election, 2012

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Sierra Leone presidential election, 2012
Sierra Leone
← 2007 17 November 2012 2018 →
  Ernest Bai Koroma.jpg
Nominee Ernest Bai Koroma Julius Maada Bio
Running mate Samuel Sam-Sumana Kadi Sesay
Popular vote 1,314,881 819,185
Percentage 58.7% 37.4%

President before election

Ernest Bai Koroma

Elected President

Ernest Bai Koroma

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General elections were held in Sierra Leone on 17 November 2012.[1] The result was a victory for incumbent President Ernest Bai Koroma of the All People's Congress (APC), who received 58.7% of the vote. The APC also won 67 of the 112 elected seats in Parliament.

Candidates[edit]

In April 2007, incumbent Ernest Bai Koroma was chosen by the All People's Congress as their candidate. He was challenged by former President and general Julius Maada Bio of the Sierra Leone People's Party. On July 31, 2011, Bio defeated Usman Boie Kamara for the party's nomination.[2]

In the elections for the twelve Chief seats in Parliament, only four were contested.[3]

Results[edit]

President[edit]

Candidate Party Votes %
Ernest Bai Koroma All People's Congress 1,314,881 58.7
Julius Maada Bio Sierra Leone People's Party 837,517 37.4
Charles Margai People's Movement for Democratic Change 28,944 1.3
Joshua Albert Carew Citizens Democratic Party 22,863 1.0
Eldred Collins Revolutionary United Front 12,993 0.6
Gibrilla Kamara People's Democratic Party 8,273 0.4
Kandeh Baba Conteh Peace and Liberation Party 6,144 0.3
Mohamed Bangura United Democratic Movement 5,069 0.2
James Obai Fullah United National People's Party 5,044 0.2
Invalid/blank votes 108,898
Total 2,459,524 100
Registered voters/turnout 2,692,635 87.3
Source: National Electoral Commission

By district[edit]

District Koroma Bio
Votes Votes
Kailahun District 26,331 22.6 85,525 73.3
Kenema District 39,180 18.7 163,303 77.9
Kono District 67,238 58.2 42,912 37.1
Bombali District 176,023 93.2 8,249 4.4
Kambia District 88,597 82.0 14,083 13.0
Koinadugu District 89,282 86.4 8,333 8.1
Port Loko District 182,761 90.2 11,329 5.6
Tonkolili District 145,479 92.6 6,864 4.4
Bo District 36,575 16.7 169,254 77.1
Bonthe District 7,667 11.7 52,762 80.6
Moyamba District 28,703 26.2 71,587 65.3
Pujehun District 10,565 15.5 50,796 74.7
Western Area Urban District 315,071 71.4 120,646 27.3
Western Area Rural District 101,409 74.3 31,874 23.4
Source: NEC

Parliament[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
All People's Congress 1,149,234 53.67 67 +8
Sierra Leone People's Party 819,185 38.25 42 –1
People's Movement for Democratic Change 69,202 3.23 0 –10
National Democratic Alliance 27,706 1.29 0 0
Revolutionary United Front 12,573 0.59 0 New
United Democratic Movement 11,771 0.55 0 New
People's Democratic Party 8,387 0.39 0 New
Citizens Democratic Party 7,446 0.35 0 New
United National People's Party 4,734 0.22 0 0
Peace and Liberation Party 2,330 0.11 0 0
Independents 28,914 1.35 0 0
Elected Chiefs 12 0
Vacant seats 3
Total 2,141,482 100 124 0
Source: National Electoral Commission

By-elections[edit]

Three seats were left vacant, with no election taking place in constituencies 5, 12 and 92 (Western Area Rural District). The election was delayed in Western Area Rural District due to the death of PMDC candidate, and a by-election was held on 9 February 2013. The result was a victory for the APC candidate, who received 61% of the vote.[4]

Aftermath[edit]

Results showed Koroma winning in the first round of voting, receiving 58.7% of the vote against 37.4% for the SLPP candidate, Bio. If he had received less than 55% of the vote, a second round would have been necessary. Following the announcement of results, Koroma was promptly sworn in for another term as President on 23 November 2012. He said that he would "continue to attract investment" and "continue to fight corruption".[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Election Guide, Sierra Leone Country Profile". International Federation for Electoral Systems. 19 November 2010. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  2. ^ SEM (1 August 2011). "Julius Maada Bio wins SLPP flagbearership". Sierra Express Media. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Government Notice National Electoral Commission
  4. ^ Declaration of Parliamentary Election Results in Constituency 92 National Electoral Commission
  5. ^ Sierra Leone's Koroma promises growth in new term Reuters, 23 November 2012