Sierra Leone

Population Statistics


Total Population


Population with a disability

according to World Health Organization’s 15% estimate

Election Dates

04 October 2010

Ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Electoral Laws Act (2002, last amended 2007)

Updated: June 2015

Section 65 states:

The voting at an election shall be conducted in the following manner...

  • (e) every elector shall, immediately before receiving a ballot paper, submit to having his left thumb or a finger of the left hand, or right hand if an elector suffers from physical defect, marked with indelible ink; Provided that this paragraph shall not apply in the case of an elector who suffers from a physical defect which in the opinion of the Presiding Officer, makes this application impractical…
  • (i) an elector who is unable to read or who is incapacitated by blindness or any other physical disability and is unable to cast his vote in the manner prescribed in this Act, must apply in person to the Presiding Officer, who shall...
    • (i) In the case of an elector who is physically disabled, allow the elector to be accompanied by another elector of his own choice, who must guarantee the faithful expression of the vote of the disabled person and who shall be pledged to absolute secrecy;
    • (ii) In the case of an elector who is unable to read or write and cannot draw a cross, inform the elector that he can vote by putting a fingerprint mark in the square corresponding to the candidate, or as the case may be, the party for which he wishes to vote after dipping his finger in the ink which shall be placed for this purpose in the voting booth.


Excerpt from the Electoral Laws Act (2002, last amended 2007)