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Senate

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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.
109
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".
1,904
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
1,672
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
232
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
12.18%

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.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
3
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.
57.8%
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
Number of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
1
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
All Progressives Congress (APC)
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
All Progressives Congress (APC) 63
People's Democratic Party (PDP) 44
Young Progressive Party (YPP) 1
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
101
Number of women elected
7
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.
6.42%
Other notes
There is one vacant seat.
Sources
IPU Group (13.05.2019, 24.07.2019) Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC: https://www.inecnigeria.org/) Aljazeera BBC BBC Monitoring VOA News The Premium Times, Nigeria AllAfrica cnbcafrica.com
Women Directly Elected
7

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.
101
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.
7
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.
Ahmad Lawan (Male)
Political party
All Progressives Congress (APC)
Date of election
11.06.2019