This report on the Human Rights Audit of Sierra Leone 2018 General Elections has been
produced by the Human Rights Defenders Network – SL (HRDN-SL) and Human Rights,
Advancement, Development and Advocacy Centre (HURIDAC).
The human rights examination of the 2018 general elections is necessary as a critical link to the
right to vote. This encompasses other human rights such as freedom of association and of
expression and many others. Advocating for the right to vote is essential to ensuring the „will
of the people counts during elections.
The human rights gaps and election challenges motivated and encouraged the two
organizations to invest their resources in the Sierra Leone elections cycle. The report is
structured into eleven chapters which examine information about each partner‟s work,
highlighting the methodology of the report as well as the output and providing a snapshot of
each chapter of the report. It provides the historical background to the political development
of Sierra Leone as a country, and political and party development in the post-war period to date. It
equally examines the interconnectivity between human rights and democracy. This
understanding is crucial to the assertions of interconnections made in the report.