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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.
24.05.2015
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
30.06.2015
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.
31.05.2020
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.
51
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".
387
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
259
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
128
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.
33.07%
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.
25

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
356,223

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
President Desi Bouterse's National Democratic Party (NDP: see note 1) became the first single party to win a majority in the National Assembly. The NDP took 26 seats in the 51-member parliament, 8 more than the opposition coalition, Victory 7 (V7: see note 2). Five seats were won by the coalition A-Combination (see note 3), which supported Mr. Bouterse in the 2010 presidential elections. The President is elected indirectly by members of the National Assembly; a two-thirds majority (34 members) is required for such an election. On 14 July, the National Assembly re-elected Mr. Bouterse as the country's President. These elections were the first to be held after amendments were made in April 2012 to the country's amnesty act. They effectively dropped charges against the President for alleged human rights abuses committed under his military rule in the 1980s, including an event in 1982 known as "the December murders" when 15 opposition figures were killed. V7's presidential candidate Mr. Santokhi is a former police commissioner who led the investigation into the murders. He pledged to repeal the 2012 amendments to the amnesty act if elected. During the election campaign, the NDP focused attention on their achievements while in government, citing improvements in infrastructure. V7 promised to restore the rule of law, strengthen democracy and tackle corruption. Note 1: During the previous elections in 2010, the NDP was part of the Mega Combination coalition which comprised the NDP, New Suriname (NU), the Progressive Workers' and Farmers' Union (PALU) and the Indonesian Peasants' Party (KTPI). In 2015, the NDP ran alone. Note 2: V7 initially comprised seven parties. Four of those had originally been part of the New Front for Democracy and Development (NF) during the 2010 elections: the Progressive Reform Party (VHP), the National Party of Suriname (NPS), the Surinamese Labour Party (SPA) and as of 2010, Democratic Alternative '91 (DA91). The three other parties who then joined to form V7 were: the Pertjajah Luhur (PL), the Brotherhood and Unity in Politics (BEP) and the Indonesian Peasants' Party, which had by then been renamed the Party for National Unity and Solidarity (but was still known as KTPI). However, before the 2015 elections, the KTPI left V7 to join the A-Combination coalition. In 2015, V7 endorsed Mr. Chandrikapersad Santokhi (VHP) as its presidential candidate. Note 3: In 2015, the A-Combination coalition comprised the General Liberation and Development Party (ABOP), the KTPI and the Party for Democracy and Development (PDO). It endorsed former rebel leader Ronnie Brunswijk (ABOP) as its presidential candidate.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
5
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.
20%
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.
50.98%
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
National Democratic Party (NDP) 26
V7 18
A Combination 5
Progressive Workers' and Farmers' Union (PALU) 1
Party for Democracy and Development through Unity (DOE) 1
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
38
Number of women elected
13
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.
25.49%
Sources
National Assembly (01.07.2015)
Women Directly Elected
13

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.
38
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.
13
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.
30
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.
30.06.2015
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.
Jennifer Geerlings-Simons (Female)
Political party
National Democratic Party (NDP)
Date of election
30.06.2015