Sao Tome and Principe

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.
12.10.2014
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.
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.
12

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
92,790
Votes Number of people who actually voted
69,510
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
74.91%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
The Independent Democratic Alliance (ADI) led by former Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada won a majority, taking 33 seats in the 55-member National Assembly. The Sao Tome and Principe Liberation Movement/Social Democratic Party (MLSTP-PSD) of Mr. Aurélio Martins followed with 16 seats. Prime Minister Gabriel Costa's Democratic Convergence Party (PCD) came in a distant third with five seats.

ADI leader Trovoada returned to the country shortly before the polling day after two years of exile in Portugal. He called on voters to support the ADI to promote the country's stability. The MLSTP-PSD's premiership candidate, Mr. Osvaldo Vaz, reminded voters that vote-buying had no place in a democracy and urged everyone to respect the electoral process. The PCD promised to build a "just and fairer" country by creating jobs and eradicating poverty.

The ADI won the biggest share of seats in the previous elections in 2010 but fell short of a majority. Mr. Trovoada subsequently formed a minority government. However, in December 2012, President Manuel Pinto da Costa (independent, formerly MLSTP-PSD) dismissed him following a no-confidence vote in the National Assembly. The President then appointed Mr. Gabriel Costa (PCD) as the new Prime Minister. The latter's premiership candidacy was supported by all parliamentary parties apart from the ADI. Mr. Trovoada went into voluntary exile, claiming that he was being politically persecuted.
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.
33.33%
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.
60%
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.
Not applicable
Note on the alternation of power
The composition of the government had changed before the 2014 elections.
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
Independent Democratic Alliance (ADI)
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
Independent Democratic Alliance (ADI) 33
Sao Tome and Principe Liberation Movement - Social Democratic Party (MLSTP-PSD) 16
Democratic Convergence Party (PCD) 5
Democracy and Development Union (UDD) 1
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
45
Number of women elected
10
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.
18.18%
Other notes
Timing of election: Upon normal expiry. Article 21 of the Electoral Law stipulates that "The election of the National Assembly is held between the 22 September and on 14 October corresponding to the term of parliamentary year, unless the election results from dissolution".
Sources
National Assembly (17.11.2014)
STP-Press
Women Directly Elected
10

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.
45
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.
10
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.
45
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.
22.11.2014
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.
José da Graça Diogo (Male)
Political party
Independent Democratic Alliance (ADI)
Date of election
22.11.2014