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Niger

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National Assembly

Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
21.02.2016 to 22.02.2016
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
28.02.2021
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
171
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
2,770
The number of women candidates is not available from authoritative sources.
Number of parties contesting the election This field may include either the number of parties contesting the election, or the number of coalitions/electoral alliance.
43

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
7,574,958
Votes Number of people who actually voted
5,029,702
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
66.4%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
President Mahamadou Issoufou's Niger Party for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS Tarayya) and its allies (see note 1) won a total of 108 seats, securing a majority in the enlarged 171-member National Assembly (see note 2). The Niger Democratic Movement for an African Federation (MODEN/FA-Lumana Africa), led from prison by the former Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr. Hama Amadou, came a distant second (see note 3). Delays at polling stations caused voting to be extended by an extra day. During the election campaign, the major parties focused on economic and social development, promotion of democracy and the rule of law. In the presidential elections, held in parallel with the parliamentary polls, the election commission announced that President Issoufou (PNDS) came first in the first round of voting, followed by former Speaker Amadou. Opposition parties claimed irregularities and massive fraud. Previously, 23 opposition parties had formed the Coalition for the Alternative 2016 (COPA 2016, see note 4) and agreed to back whichever opposition candidate made it to the second round, scheduled for 20 March. On 7 March, the Constitutional Court validated the preliminary results of the first round. The following day, the COPA 2016 announced its withdrawal from the second round of presidential elections, accusing the Constitutional Court of a lack of impartiality and independence. It demanded that parliamentarians representing parties in the COPA 2016 cease all activities in the National Assembly. On 20 March, President Issoufou was re-elected with 92 percent of the vote in the run-off elections. Note 1: The PNDS Tarayya led the Movement for the Renaissance of Niger (MRN), a 22-party pro-presidential alliance. The MRN includes the Patriotic Movement for the Republic (MPR-Jamhuriya), formed by former MNSD Secretary General Albadé Abouba in October 2015. Note 2: In accordance with the organic law gazetted in November 2015 (Loi organique n°2014-71), the statutory number of members of the National Assembly has increased from 113 to 171. In October 2014 a modification to the 2000 electoral law (loi n° 2000-008) raised the gender quota, requiring the percentage of candidates-elect of each sex be more than 15%, as opposed to 10% previously. Note 3: Mr. Amadou was arrested in November 2015 on his return from exile in France over his alleged role in a baby-trafficking scandal, an allegation he strongly denies and insists is politically motivated. Note 4: The COPA 2016 includes the MODEN/FA-Lumana Africa and the National Movement for the Development of Society (MNSD) - Nassara of former Prime Minister Seyni Omar.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
16
Percentage of parties winning seats The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of parties which won parliamentary representation by the number of parties contesting the election.
37.21%
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
43.86%
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
No
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
Niger Party for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS Tarayya) 75
Niger Democratic Movement for an African Federation (MODEN/FA-Lumana Africa) 25
National Movement for the Development Society (MNSD) - Nassara 20
Patriotic Movement for the Republic (MPR-JAMHURIYA) 13
MNRD Hankuri - PSDN Alheri grouping 6
Niger Patriotic Movement (MPN- KISHIN KASSA) 5
National Alliance for Democracy and Progress (ANDP) - Zaman Lahiya 4
Social Democratic Rally (RSD Gaskiya) 4
Democratic Social Convention (CDS) Rahama 3
Congress for the Republic (CPR Inganci) 3
Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) JAMAA 3
Alliance of Movements for the Emergence of Niger (AMEN-AMIN) 3
Alliance for Democratic Renewal (ARD Mutunci-Adalci) 2
Union for Democracy and the Republic (UDR) - Tabbat 2
Social Democratic Party (PSD Bassira) 2
Democratic Alliance for Niger (ADN Fusaha) 1
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
146
Number of women elected
25
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
14.62%
Other notes
Timing of election: Upon normal expiry. The outgoing National Assembly was elected in January 2011 but started to sit in April. In accordance with article 85 of the 2010 Constitution, the general elections were due between 20 and 60 days prior to the end of the current legislature (between January and March 2016). Number of parties contesting the election: 43 lists The "MNRD Hankuri - PSDN Alheri grouping" refers to two parties: the Niger Movement for Democratic Renewal grouping (MNRD Hankuri); and the Party for Socialism and Democracy in Niger-Alheri.
Sources
National Assembly (31.03.2016, 01.01.2017) Arrêt Nº012/CC/ME du 16 mars 2016, Cour constitutionnelle National Assembly (02.03.2016)
Women Directly Elected
25

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
146
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
25
First-term parliamentarians The number of members who are assuming their parliamentary mandate for the first time following the election or renewal, regardless of their mode of designation.
94
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
25.03.2016
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Ousseini Tinni (Male)
Political party
Niger Party for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS Tarayya)
Date of election
25.03.2016