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Participation in Public Life and Institutions

Sierra Leone, English

(1) Subject to the provisions of subsection (4), (5), and (7), no law shall make provision which is discriminatory either of itself or in its effect.

(3) In this section the expression “discriminatory” means affording different treatment to different persons attributable wholly or mainly to their respective descriptions by race, tribe, sex, place of origin, political opinions, colour or creed whereby persons of one such description are subjected to disabilities or restrictions to which persons of another such description are not made subject, or are accorded privileges or advantages which are not accorded to persons of another such description.

(5) Nothing contained in any law shall be held to be inconsistent with or in contravention of subsection (1) to the extent that it makes provision with respect to qualifications for service as a public officer or as a member of a defence force or for the service of a local government authority or a body corporate established directly by any law or of membership of Parliament.
… (Sec. 27)

Legislature

Sierra Leone, English

(1) There shall be a legislature of Sierra Leone which shall be known as Parliament, and shall consist of the President, the Speaker and Members of Parliament.
… (Sec. 73)

Political Rights and Association

Sierra Leone, English

(1) In any referendum held pursuant to an Act of Parliament, every person who is entitled to vote in elections of Members of Parliament shall be entitled to vote at such referendum and no other person may so vote;
… (Sec. 37)

Head of State

Sierra Leone, English

No person shall be qualified for election as President unless he—
a. is a citizen of Sierra Leone;
b. is a member of a political party;
c. has attained the age of forty years; and
d. is otherwise qualified to be elected as a Member of Parliament. (Sec. 41)

Head of State

Sierra Leone, English

(1) There shall be a President of the Republic of Sierra Leone who shall be Head of State, the supreme executive authority of the Republic and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.
… (Sec. 40)

Electoral Bodies

Sierra Leone, English

(1) There shall be an Electoral Commission for Sierra Leone.
… (Sec. 32)

Political Rights and Association

Sierra Leone, English

(1) Except with his own consent, no person shall be hindered in the enjoyment of his freedom of assembly and association, that is to say, his right to assemble freely and associate with other persons and in particular to form or belong to any political party, trade unions or other economic, social or professional associations, national or international, for the protection of his interests.
… (Sec. 26)

Political Rights and Association

Sierra Leone, English

Whereas every person in Sierra Leone is entitled to the fundamental human rights and freedoms of the individual, that is to say, has the right, whatever his race, tribe, place of origin, political opinion, colour, creed or sex, but subject to respect for the rights and freedoms of others and for the public interest, to each and all of the following—

b. freedom of conscience, of expression and of assembly and association;
… (Sec. 15)

Legislature

Sierra Leone, English

Subject to the provisions of section 76, any person who—
a. is a citizen of Sierra Leone (otherwise than by naturalization); and
b. has attained the age of twenty-one years; and
c. is an elector whose name is on a register of electors under the Franchise and Electoral Registration Act, 1961, or under any Act of Parliament amending or replacing that Act; and [FN: Act No. 44 of 1961.]
d. is able to speak and to read the English Language with a degree of proficiency sufficient to enable him to take an active part in the proceedings of Parliament, shall be qualified for election as such a Member of Parliament:
Provided that a person who becomes a citizen of Sierra Leone by registration by law shall not be qualified for election as such a Member of Parliament or of any Local Authority unless he shall have resided continuously in Sierra Leone for twenty-five years after such registration or shall have served in the Civil or Regular Armed Services of Sierra Leone for a continuous period of twenty-five years. (Sec. 75)

Government

Sierra Leone, English

(1) There shall be, in addition to the office of Vice-President, such other offices of Ministers and Deputy Ministers as may be established by the President:
Provided that no Member of Parliament shall be appointed a Minister or Deputy Minister.
(2) A person shall not be appointed a Minister or Deputy Minister unless—
a. he is qualified to be elected as a Member of Parliament; and
b. he has not contested and lost as a candidate in the general election immediately preceding his nomination for appointment; and
c. his nomination is approved by Parliament.
… (Sec. 56)