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Electoral changes may boost Sierra Leone ruling party

Friday, December 23, 2022

Significance

The change was first announced by the Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone (ECSL) in October following a directive from President Julius Maada Bio. The decision is hotly contested. Opposition parties view the change as disproportionately benefiting the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP).

Impacts

  • The impartiality of the judiciary and electoral commission will be tested further as the elections approach.
  • The All People’s Congress will see its control over the Freetown City Council reduced after the June elections under the new PR system.
  • The new Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Act may have a limited impact due to weak enforcement mechanisms.

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