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Chamber of Deputies

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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.
05.10.2014
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.
02.10.2022
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.
513
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".
5,867
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.
32

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
140,488,492
Votes Number of people who actually voted
113,232,072
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
80.6%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
A coalition supporting President Dilma Rousseff of the Workers' Party (PT, see note 1) retained a majority in both chambers of Congress. It took 304 seats in the 543-member Chamber of Deputies and controlled 58 seats following the partial renewal of the 81-member Senate. An opposition coalition supporting the presidential bid of Senator Aecio Neves of the Brazilian Social Democratic Party (PSDB, see note 2) took a total of 128 seats in the Chamber and held 20 seats in the Senate. Ms. Rousseff won the run-off presidential elections held on 26 October, narrowly defeating Senator Neves. The latter was backed by Ms. Marina Silva of the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB), who came third in the first round of the presidential elections. President Rousseff's PT - in power since 2003 - ran on the government's record, citing its success in reducing unemployment. It promised to expand the social welfare programme, in particular the Bolsa Familia, the family allowance for low-income families that covers about one-fifth of the population. The PSDB also promised to maintain the Bolsa Familia, while promoting business-friendly policies and a smaller role for the State in the economy. It proposed to reduce the minimum age at which minors can be tried as adults for serious crimes from 18 to 16 years old. The PSB opposed this plan, and promised better protection for indigenous communities. Note 1: The winning coalition comprised the Workers' Party (PT), the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB), the Social Democratic Party (PSD), the Progressive Party (PP), the Party of the Republic (PR), the Brazilian Republican Party (PRB), the Democratic Labour Party (PDT) and the Republican Party of the Social Order (PROS). Note 2: The opposition coalition comprised the Brazilian Social Democratic Party (PSDB), the Brazilian Labour Party (PTB), the Democrats (DEM), the Solidality (SD), National Labour Party (PTN), the National Mobilization Party (PMN), the National Ecologic Party (PEN), the Christian Labour Party (PTC) and Labour Party of Brazil (PT do B).
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
28
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.
87.5%
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.
13.65%
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
Number of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
13
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
Workers' Party (PT), Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB), Democratic Labour Party (PDT), Brazilian Labour Party (PTB), Progressive Party (PP), Party of the Republic (PR), Communist Party of Brazil (PC do B), Social Democratic Party (PSD), Brazilian Republican Party (PRB), Republican Party of the Social Order (PROS), Labour Party of Brazil (PT do B), Progressive Republican Party (PRP) and National Mobilization Party (PMN).
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
Workers' Party (PT) 70
Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB) 66
Brazilian Social Democratic Party (PSDB) 54
Social Democratic Party (PSD) 37
Progressive Party (PP) 36
Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) 34
Party of the Republic (PR) 34
Brazilian Labour Party (PTB) 25
Democrats (DEM) 22
Brazilian Republican Party (PRB) 21
Democratic Labour Party (PDT) 19
Solidality (SD) 15
Social Christian Party (PSC) 12
Republican Party of the Social Order (PROS) 11
Popular Socialist Party (PPS) 10
Communist Party of Brazil (PC do B) 10
Green Party (PV) 8
Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL) 5
Humanist Party of Solidarity (PHS) 5
National Labour Party (PTN) 4
Progressive Republican Party (PRP) 3
Party of National Mobilization (PMN) 3
National Ecologic Party (PEN) 2
Christian Social Democratic Party (PSDC) 2
Christian Labour Party (PTC) 2
Social Liberal Party (PSL) 1
Labour Party of Brazil (PT do B) 1
Renewed Brazilian Labour Party (PRTB) 1
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
462
Number of women elected
51
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.
9.94%
Sources
IPU Group (30.10.2014, 10.12.2014, 01.01.2015, 04.02.2015, 01.01.2017) Tribunal Superior Eleitoral
Women Directly Elected
51

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.
462
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.
51
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.
198
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.
01.02.2015
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.
Eduardo Cosentino da Cunha (Male)
Political party
Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB)