Sierra Leoneans split on whether dual citizens should be allowed to vote, new Afrobarometer survey shows

Sierra Leoneans are divided on whether dual citizens should be allowed to vote, a new national Afrobarometer survey shows. A majority also say that dual citizens should not be allowed to stand for elected office. 

The various regions hold similar thoughts on whether dual  citizens should be allowed to vote, but the call for dual citizens not to be allowed to stand for elections is highest in the Western and Eastern regions.

The dual citizenship law, passed in 2006, states that dual citizens are not qualified for election as members of Parliament. The issue of dual citizenship was dormant until the March 2018 elections, when the ruling All People’s Congress cited the law as a reason for which dual citizens should not be allowed to contest for presidential and parliamentary elections.