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Nigeria

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House of Representatives

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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.
23.02.2019
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
08.06.2019
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.
28.02.2023
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.
360
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".
5,208
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
4,680
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
528
The number of women candidates is not available from authoritative sources.
No
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
10.14%

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
82,344,107
Votes Number of people who actually voted
29,364,209
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
35.66%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) retained the majority in both houses of the National Assembly. The main opposition party, the People's Democratic Party (PDP), remained the second largest force in both chambers, with a reduced share of seats. Outgoing Senate President Olubukola Abubakar Saraki, who defected from the APC to the PDP in 2018, lost his seat. The 2019 elections saw a low turnout of 35.66%, down from 43.65% recorded in 2014. In the presidential elections held in parallel with the parliamentary polls, Mr. Buhari defeated former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar (PDP). The PDP rejected the presidential election results, claiming irregularities in the voter register, an allegation that the election commission denied. On 29 May, Mr. Buhari was sworn in for a second term. During election campaigning, the major parties focused on the economy, promising to create more jobs and provide better infrastructure. The 2019 elections were initially scheduled for 16 February but were postponed by one week just five hours before polling, reportedly due to the delayed distribution of some ballot papers and results sheets. The elections were relatively peaceful although there were reports of attacks by the Boko Haram Islamist militant group in the north.
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
343
Number of women elected
12
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.
3.33%
Other notes
There are five vacant seats.
Sources
IPU Group (13.05.2019) Aljazeera BBC BBC Monitoring VOA News The Premium Times, Nigeria AllAfrica cnbcafrica.com
Women Directly Elected
12

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.
343
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.
12
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.
11.06.2019
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.
Femi Gbajabiamila (Male)
Political party
All Progressives Congress (APC)
Date of election
11.06.2019