Sierra Leone Political Parties

The All People's Congress is one of two major political parties in Sierra Leone, the other being the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP). The APC is currently the ruling party in Sierra Leone. The APC party was founded in 1960 by a breakaway group from the Sierra Leone People's Party that vehemently opposed elections before independence and instead supported independence before elections. The APC governed the country from 1968 to 1992 and became the ruling party again in 2007 after the party presidential candidate Ernest Bai Koroma won the 2007 presidential election.


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CUPP, Founded in 2001 by Sierra Leoneans in the United States, the CUPP advocates "justice for victims" of the decade-long civil war. The party presented a presidential candidate in 2012, Washington lawyer Raymond Bamidele Thompson (who received 0.4 percent of the bote) but no legislative candidate.


C4C is a movement that we say has been in the making for more than 59 years. It is built on the hopes and dreams of a properly functional Sierra Leone that will have sustainable development plans and national prosperity.

We believe that we have a group of level-headed Sierra Leoneans from all disciplines of life who are well-intentioned that want to bring about transparent government, better fiscal policies, education and training for our citizens and a respected justice system, among other things.


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At the last elections, 14 May 2002, the party won 2.4% of popular votes and no seats.

MOP, formed in 2002 to promote "good governance and positive change," the MOP supported the creation of the special war crimes court and presented the only female candidate in 2002, longtime political activist Zainab Bangura. She garnered less than 1 percent of the vote. Bangura, who had been a co-worker with Ernest Bai Koroma at an insurance company, Subsequently joined the APC and in 2007 was named to the post of foreign minister in  President Koroma's new cabinet. 


In 1995, the people of Sierra Leone and the international community exalted pressure on the National Provisional Ruling Council (NPRC), the then military regime in Sierra Leone to lift the ban on politics and conduct democratic elections in the country. In June, 1995, a Sierra Leonean journalist and human rights activist, Mohamed Yahya Sillah, invited a group of Sierra Leoneans, namely, Sulaiman Sandy, Ousmann Hassann, Patrick Luseni Moriba, Wurie Kaisamba and Abdul Kamara to join him form a political party to contest the presidential and parliamentary elections in 1996.


The NDA fielded candidates for the legislature but not the presidency in 2002. the party reconvened in 2005 after having been inactive for several years. In 2007 the NDA formed an alliance with the PLP to back Vice President Solomon Berewa of the SLPP in the presidential runoff elections. The NDA's candidate, Amadu Jalloh, finished fifth, with about 1 percent of the Vote, in the first round of balloting. 


The National Grand Coalition Party (NGC) is conscious of the economic, social and political challenges facing Sierra Leone, particularly the worsening conditions of poverty, social deprivation and inequality among the population. We are aware of the importance of strengthening our democratic values and practice and the need for a very enlightened and committed leadership in the entire State of Sierra Leone which, despite its smallness in area and population and its abundant resources, can hardly guarantee today the social and economic justice required for the advancement of its people.

National Interest, Progress For We All, Enh Respect for we Democracy"* NPD is a transformational political party, a nationalist party that believes in Progressive values.  National Interest is the foundation of the party,  to ensure that there is progress in the lives of our people, is the reason for the formation of the party and respect for democracy is our guiding principle

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The PLP was led by the former AFRC leader Johnny Paul Koroma. It was linked with the Grassroots Awareness movement, one of many peace promotion organizations. In the May 2002 elections, Koroma came in third in the presidential race, while the party won 3.6 percent of the vote - and two seat - in the legislative contest. Though Koroma was indicted in 2003, he remained the party's leader, the party spokesperson said in 2007 . However, it was later reported that Koroma was dead.


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The PDP was characterized by West Africa as the "loudest"  of the new parties, whose "main handicap is the uncharismatic quality" of its leader, former information minister Thaimu Bangura. In September 1991 Bangura had been named chair of the United Front of Political Movements (UNIFORM), a six party opposition formation that was subsequently dissolved. 


The People's Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) is a socially liberal party in  Sierra Leone. It is a breakaway faction of the Sierra Leone People Party(SLPP). It was officially registered on 19 January 2006. The party is led by Charles Margai, the son of Sierra Leone's second prime minister Sir Albert Margai and the nephew of  Sir Milton Margai. The PMDC is based in the country's second largest city of Bo.


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Revolutionary United Front (RUF) was a rebel army that fought a failed eleven-year war in Sierra Leone, starting in 1991 and ending in 2002. It later developed into a political party, which existed until 2007. The three most senior surviving leaders, Issa Sesay, Morris Kallon and Augustine Gbao, were convicted in February 2009 of war crimes and crimes against humanity After peace was established, RUF was converted into a political party, the Revolutionary United Front Party. As of 2006 general secretary of the party was Jonathan.

The Sierra Leone People's Party (abbreviated SLPP) is one of the two major political parties in Sierra Leone, along with the All People's Congress (APC). The party dominated Sierra Leone's politics from its foundation in 1951 to 1967, when it lost the 1967 parliamentary election to the APC, led by Siaka Stevens. It identifies as a social democratic party. The SLPP returned to power when its leader Ahmad Tejan Kabbah won the 1996 presidential election. The party was in power from 1996 to 2007, when it again lost to the APC, led by Ernest Bai Koroma, in the 2007 presidential election


UDM, with the goal of contesting the 2012 election. the UDM was established by former PMDC chair Mohamed Bangura in early 2011. The party received its official legal approval on May 31 and aimed to recruit a large number of youth among its members. 


The UNPP secured 17 seats behind a 21 percent vote tally in the February 1996 balloting. Meanwhile, its leader, banker John Karifa-Smart, placed second in concurrent presidential balloting. In march 1997 Karifa-Smart was charged with contempt and suspended from the assembly. He also unsuccessfully attempted in April 2001 to expel some legislators from the party due to differences on certain policies. Karifa-Smart came in last, with 1 percent of the vote, in May 2002 presidential election,and the UNPP failed to win any seats in the legislative contest, with 1.3 percent of the vote.


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