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Sao Tome and Principe

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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.
07.10.2018
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.
31.10.2022
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.
55
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

The number of candidates is not available from authoritative sources.
The number of women candidates is not available from authoritative sources.
Yes
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.
7

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
97,274
Votes Number of people who actually voted
78,456
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
80.65%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
No party won a majority in the 2018 elections. Prime Minister Patrice Emery Trovoada’s Independent Democratic Alliance (ADI) reduced its share of seats from 33 to 25 in the 55 member National Assembly. The opposition Sao Tome and Principe Liberation Movement – Social Democratic Party (MLSTP–PSD), led by Mr. Jorge Bom Jesus, increased its share from 16 to 23 seats. Hundreds of people demonstrated in front of the Electoral Commission offices alleging fraud in favour of the ADI. Both parties have claimed the right to have precedence in forming the new government. Before the first session of the newly elected legislature on 22 November, the MLSTP-PSD forged an alliance with the Democratic Convergence Party (PCD) / Force for Democratic Change Movement (MDFM) – Union of Democrats for Citizenship and Development (UDD), which controlled 27 seats in all. The alliance’s candidate, Mr. Delfim Neves (PDC) was elected Speaker. On 29 November, President Evaristo Carvalho (ADI) appointed Mr. Jorge Bom Jesus (MLSTP-PSD) as Prime Minister. Mr. Jesus’ government, comprising the MLSTP–PSD and PCD/MDFM – UDD, took office on 2 December.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
4
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.
57.14%
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.
45.45%
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.
Yes
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
Sao Tome and Principe Liberation Movement - Social Democratic Party (MLSTP-PSD), Democratic Convergence Party (PCD)/Force for Democratic Change Movement (MDFM) - Union of Democrats for Citizenship and Development (UDD)
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
Independent Democratic Alliance (ADI) 25
Sao Tome and Principe Liberation Movement - Social Democratic Party (MLSTP-PSD) 23
Democratic Convergence Party (PCD)/Force for Democratic Change Movement (MDFM) - Union of Democrats for Citizenship and Development (UDD) 5
Movement of Independent Citizens of Sao Tome and Principe (MCISTP) 2
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
47
Number of women elected
8
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.
14.55%
Sources
National Assembly (29.10.2018) https://www.cen.st STP-Press BBC BBC Monitoring Africanews TÉLA NÓN
Women Directly Elected
8

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.
47
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.
8
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.
22.11.2018
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.
Delfim Neves (Male)
Political party
Democratic Convergence Party (PCD)
Date of election
22.11.2018