Sierra Leone

Voter education starts early as IFES staff teach children from the Nenneh Primary School in Freetown about their country's election process. Pavlina Sarova.

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Lighting the Way: A Q&A with Sierra Leone’s First Female Electoral Commissioner

November 21, 2013

Christiana Thorpe, Chief Electoral Commissioner and Chairperson of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) of Sierra Leone, is a trailblazer in election management. As her tenure comes to an end, she speaks to IFES about her legacy and hopes for Sierra Leone.

All Election Management

UPDATED: Sierra Leone’s Peaceful Election Is Another Step Forward

November 19, 2012

On Saturday, November 17, Sierra Leone held the country’s third presidential election since the decade-long civil war came to an end in 2002. The November 17 poll was also the first election that the National Electoral Commission (NEC) has taken a primary role in organizing and executing. IFES Regional Director for Africa Almami Cyllah and IFES Chief of Party in Sierra Leone Gray Mitchell answer some questions about Election Day and its aftermath.

All Election Management

Elections in Sierra Leone: November 17 Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Elections

November 15, 2012

The November 17 elections in Sierra Leone will be the first since the end of the civil war in 2002 that the National Electoral Commission has taken a primary role in organizing and executing. To help observers better understand the backdrop of these elections, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) has put together a series of frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Ahead of Elections, Sierra Leone Focuses on Mitigating Political Violence

January 17, 2012

As Sierra Leone prepares for presidential, parliamentary and local elections scheduled for November 2012, IFES and local civil society organizations have begun implementing initiatives to spread information about how to avoid and alleviate election violence.

Election Security, All Electoral Integrity and Transparency

Sierra Leone: Signing a Code of Conduct to End Election Violence

July 21, 2011

In the aftermath of a brutal war that ravaged Sierra Leone from 1991 to 2002, many have turned to violence as a political campaign tool. To mitigate the use of this tactic, IFES is resurrecting a violence mitigation effort that was first launched in 2006.

Election Security, All Electoral Integrity and Transparency

IFES Returns to Sierra Leone with New Project

February 23, 2011

After a two year absence, IFES is returning to Sierra Leone with a new project to promote inclusive and nonviolent elections in 2013.  IFES will build on its previous work in Sierra Leone to provide targeted assistance to the National Electoral Commission (NEC), Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC), political parties and civil society actors in advance of the next elections.

Election Security, All Electoral Integrity and Transparency

Democracy at Work

August 01, 2008

IFES is assisting Sierra Leonean election officials as they register candidates, educate voters and introduce new political finance regulations.

Youth Engagement, All Inclusion and Empowerment, Political Finance, All Electoral Integrity and Transparency, All Citizen Participation

Local Elections a step forward for Sierra Leone

July 10, 2008

Saturday, July 5, 2008, was unusually sunny as Sierra Leone held elections for local government offices. The opportunity was unique; local elections have only been held three times in over four decades.


Sierra Leone Elections Retreat

January 09, 2008

IFES will hold a retreat for Sierra Leone's National Election Commission to assess the 2007 vote.

Voter Registration, Education, Elections

Sierra Leone Votes in National Elections

August 15, 2007

Presidential and Parliamentary Elections were held in Sierra Leone on August 11, 2007. National and International Election Observers were present to monitor the vote for free and fair results. Despite bad weather, citizens arrived early, and eagerly voted within the regulated precincts.

Election Observation, Elections, Election Ballots, Election Technology, Voter Turnout