Sierra Leone’s Presidential Elections – timeline of highlights


  • 14-15 October 2017 – At the APC convention, Dr Samura Kamara is selected by Ernest Bai Koroma as the APC’s presidential candidate, and Mohamed Chernor Bah as running mate.

  • 15 October 2017 – SLPP elect Brigadier (Ret.) Julius Maada Bio as the party’s 2018 Presidential Candidate

  • 18 October 2017 – Registration of the National Grand Coalition (NGC) is completed

  • 5 November 2017 - Francis Gabbidon Esq, publishes article entitled “Sierra Leoneans with dual citizenship cannot be members of parliament”

  • 10 November 2017 – President Ernest Koroma and delegation arrive at the Vatican so the Pope can offer prayers for the APC presidential candidate

  • 11 November 2017 – Dr. Kandeh Yumkella democratically elected as the NGC flagbearer for the 2018 Presidential Elections

  • 12 December 2017 - President Koroma kick starts nationwide thank you tour

  • 19 December 2017 – President Koroma arrives in Kenema for the second leg of the nationwide thank you tour

  • 9 January 2018 – Attorney General announces that Section 76(1), Act No. 6 of the 1991 Constitution effectively prohibits dual citizens from becoming MPs in Sierra Leone

  • 18 January 2018 – Dr Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella confirms that he had renounced the US citizenship to fully comply with the 1991 Constitution

  • 20 January 2018 – APC MP candidate for Constituency 062, Kambia files objection to the nomination of Dr Kandeh Yumkella on the grounds that he is a dual citizen

  • 15 February 2018 – AYV’s Presidential Debate

  • 20 February – Brig. Bio and team reportedly attacked by APC members in Kamalo, Sella Limba Chiefdom, Karene district

  • 1 March 2018 – David Fornah institutes court action against Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella on allegations that Dr. Yumkella holds USA and Sierra Leone passports, which disqualifies him from contesting for president

  • 4 March 2018 – Saidu Conton Sesay, Chief of Staff, and Bai Mamud, Youth Minister reportedly attacked by SLPP members in Kambia

  • 7 March 2018 - Polling Day

  • 7 March 2018 - Police surround Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio’s Goderich office with a purported search warrant

  • 10 March 2018 – 1st progressive announcement of Presidential Election Results

  • 13 March 2018 – NEC announce run-off between Dr Samura Kamara and Julius Maada Bio to be conducted on 27 April

  • 21 March 2018 – NEC issue press release accusing SLP of entering their premises and intimidating staff

  • 24 March 2018 – High Court issues an interim injunction against the run-off elections

  • 31 March 2018 - Run-off Presidential election

  • 31 March 2018 – Nationwide internet black out

  • 4 April 2018 – NEC announce that Rtd Brigadier Julius Maada Bio of the Sierra Leone People’s Party has won the Presidential Elections.

  • 4 April 2018 - Rtd Brigadier Julius Maada Bio of the SLPP is sworn in as President of the Republic of Sierra Leone.

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