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Your rights as a voter

Each registered voter in Sierra Leone has the right according to (Section 31, Sierra Leone Constitution 1991, last amended 2008) to:

  • Vote and have his or her vote accurately counted.
  • Cast a vote if he or she is in line before the official closing of the polls in the station she / he registered.
  • Ask for and receive assistance in voting.
  • Receive up to two replacement ballots if he or she makes a mistake prior to the ballot being cast.
  • An explanation if his or her registration or identity is in question.
  • Written instructions to use when voting, and upon request, oral instructions on voting from elections officers.
  • Vote free from coercion or intimidation by elections officers, observers, or any other person.
  • Vote in a free and fair election.


Each eligible Sierra Leonean should:

  • Should register to vote in general, presidential and bye elections.
  • Familiarize him or herself with the candidates and issues.
  • Maintain contact with ECSL district offices to stay update with election information and to ask question about elections.
  • Know the location of his or her polling /registration center and its hours of opening and closing.
  • Bring proper identification to the polling / registration centers.
  • Familiarize himself or herself with the voting and registration procedures.

Your Responsibilities As A Voter


Each eligible Sierra Leonean should:

  • Treat registration / polling officers with courtesy.
  • Respect the privacy of other voters.
  • Report any problems or violations of election laws to the supervisor of elections.
  • Ask questions, if needed.
  • Make sure that his registration details are correct and obtain receipt before leaving the registration centers.
  • Make sure that his or her ballot paper is correctly marked and dropped in the ballot box before leaving the polling station.

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