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Sudan

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National Assembly

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theCouncil of States

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.
13.04.2015 to 16.04.2015
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.
30.04.2020
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.
426
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".
1,072
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.
44

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
13,126,989
Votes Number of people who actually voted
6,091,412
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
46.4%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
President Omar Al-Bashir's National Congress Party (NCP) won both the parliamentary and presidential elections, thereby extending the 71-year-old President's 26-year rule. The Democratic Unionist Party (see note 1), became the second largest force in parliament, while the elections were boycotted by the main opposition parties. Polling was extended by one day to end on 16 April, mainly due to the low turnout. Mr. Sadiq al-Mahdi, leader of the opposition National Umma Party (NUP) which signed the "Sudan Call" agreement in December 2014 (see note 2), urged voters to boycott both elections, which he termed "fake". Observers from the African Union (AU) stated that turnout had remained low, at around 30-35% of some 13 million registered voters. The election commission said turnout had reached 46.4%. The 2015 elections were the first to be held after the south became independent in July 2011. They were initially called for 2 April but postponed by 11 days, in an apparent bit to allow a 2014 constitutional amendment to take effect before the elections. The amendment provides that state governors, who used to be elected by the National Assembly, are now to be appointed by the President (see note 3). During the election campaign, many candidates promised to develop the country and to provide better access to water, farmland and jobs. Note 1: The former opposition party, now led by Mr. al-Hassan al-Merghani, joined the new NCP-led government, formed in December 2011. Note 2: In December 2014, the main opposition coalition, the National Consensus Forces (NCF), the armed rebel alliance Sudan Revolutionary Forces, and the Confederation of Civil Society Organisations (CCSO) signed the "Sudan Call" agreement, which pledged to "dismantle the one-party state regime". Note 3: Nominations for election candidates start three months before polling day: these elections, were due to start on 2 January 2015. President Al-Bashir proposed the constitutional amendment concerning state governors on 3 November 2014. The amendment was to come into effect 60 days later - on 2 January 2015. Postponing the elections allowed for the elected state governor positions to be removed before the nomination period for the 2015 election started. The National Assembly approved the constitutional amendments on 4 January 2015. Note on the statutory number of the National Assembly: The National Assembly that was elected in April 2010 comprised 450 members. The mandate of parliamentarians from the south was terminated when South Sudan became independent on 9 July 2011. The statutory membership of the National Assembly was thereby reduced from 450 to 354. The statutory number remained at 354 until the end of the parliamentary session. In June 2014, the National Assembly adopted amendments to the 2008 electoral law. The statutory number of the National Assembly was increased to 426. The percentage of seats reserved for women was also increased from 25 to 30 per cent. Note on the statutory number of the Council of States: The previous Council of States, renewed in May 2010, initially comprised 52 members: two members from each of the then 25 states and two observers without voting rights, elected by the Abyei Area Council. The mandate of members from the south was terminated when the South Sudan became independent in 2011. As a result, the statutory membership of the Council of States decreased from 52 to 32 (two members representing each of the remaining 15 states and two non-voting observers from the Abyei Area Council). The 2010 legislature completed its five-year term with that reduced statutory number. When the Council of States was renewed in June 2015, it comprised 56 members: three members from each of the country's 18 states (including additional states created in Darfur in 2012 and in Kurdufan in 2013) as well as the two non-voting observers from the Abyei Area Council. The state legislatures are required to take gender balance into account when electing their representatives to the Council of States.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
20
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.
45.45%
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.
75.82%
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
National Congress Party (NCP) 323
Others 44
Democratic Unionist Party 25
Independents 19
DUP 15
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
296
Number of women elected
130
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.
30.52%
Other notes
The Democratic Unionist Party is led by Mr. Mohamed Osman al-Mirghani while the DUP (officially, the Democrat Unionist Party) is led by Mr. Jalal al-Digair.
Sources
National Assembly (11.06.2015) Sudan Tribune
Women Directly Elected
130

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.
296
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.
130
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.
01.06.2015
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.
Ibrahim Ahmed Omer (Male)
Political party
National Congress Party (NCP)
Date of election
01.06.2015