Zambia

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.
12.08.2021
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
14.05.2021
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.
31.08.2026
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.
156
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".
810

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
7,023,499
Votes Number of people who actually voted
4,959,332
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
70.61%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
The United Party for National Development (UPND), led by Mr. Hakainde Hichelema, won the election, taking 82 (see note 1) of the 156 seats at stake in the 167-member National Assembly (see note 2). President Edgar Lungu’s Patriotic Front (PF) took 60 seats, down from 80 previously. In the presidential elections held in parallel, Mr. Hichelema, who was seeking the presidency for the sixth time, defeated the incumbent President Lungu, who had been in post since 2015. On 24 August, Mr. Hichelema was sworn in as the new President. On 27 August, he appointed a new Cabinet, which included two ministers who had served under the PF-led government. On 10 September, the newly elected National Assembly held its first session and elected Ms. Nelly Butete Kashumba Mutti (an appointed member) as its new Speaker. The lawyer from Lusaka thereby became the first woman in Zambia to assume the speakership.

The 2021 elections were held amid an ongoing economic crisis, deepened by the global COVID-19 pandemic. In November 2020, Zambia defaulted on its international debt. The 2021 elections were held under social distancing measures, and traditional election campaigning was banned.

Note 1:
The figure includes the results of a deferred election in the Kaumbwe parliamentary constituency held on 21 October 2021. A male candidate from UPND won the election.

Note 2:
In addition to the 156 directly elected members, the National Assembly also comprises eight members appointed by the President of the Republic, as well as three other members: the Vice-President, the Speaker and the First Deputy Speaker. All three posts are occupied by women following the 2021 elections.
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.
52.56%
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
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
United Party for National Development (UPND)
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
United Party for National Development (UPND) 82
Patriotic Front (PF) 60
Party of National Unity & Progress (PNUP) 1
Independents 13
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
136
Number of women elected
20
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.
12.82%
Note on the Distribution of seats according to sex
As at 30 September 2021, there were a total of 25 women out of 166 members as follows:
- the Speaker;
- the Vice President and Leader of Government Business in the House;
- the First Deputy Speaker;
- two women appointed by the President (out of eight members);
- 20 women directly elected out of 155 members.

One of the 156 directly elected seats remained vacant until deferred elections were held on 21 October 2021. A male candidate won the seat. The number of women remained unchanged.
Other notes
Note on the “Parties or coalitions winning seats”:
A male candidate from the Patriotic Front (PF) won the deferred election held on 21 October 2021, giving the Front 60 seats in all. The section “Parties or coalitions winning seats” reflects the by-election results.
Women Directly Elected
20
Women Appointed
2
Women Other
3

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.
142
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.
25
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.
10.09.2021
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.
Nelly Butete Kashumba Mutti (Female)
Date of election
03.09.2021