Cabo Verde

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.
18.04.2021
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.
30.04.2026
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.
72
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".
597
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
307
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
290
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
48.58%
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.
6

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
392,899
Votes Number of people who actually voted
225,761
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
57.46%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
Prime Minister José Ulisses Correia e Silva’s Movement for Democracy (MpD) retained a majority in the 72-member National Assembly, winning 38 seats. This was eight more than the African Party for the Independence of Cabo Verde (PAICV), led by Ms. Janira Hopffer Almada. The 2021 elections were held following three consecutive years of drought and the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic severely affected the country’s tourist-driven economy, triggering recession in 2020. During election campaigning, the major parties pledged to provide COVID-19 vaccinations and to diversify the economy.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
3
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.
50%
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.
52.78%
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
1
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
Movement for Democracy (MpD)
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
Movement for Democracy (MpD) 38
African Party for the Independence of Cabo Verde (PAICV) 30
Union for an Independent Democratic Cape Verde (UCID) 4
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
45
Number of women elected
27
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.
37.5%
Note on the Distribution of seats according to sex
There were 27 women* as at the first session of the newly elected National Assembly, held on 13 May 2021. The number of women increased to 28 after the formation of the new government on 20 May.

*Parliament corrected the number of women elected from 26 to 27 in August 2021. All statistics in Parline, including the Monthly ranking of women in national parliaments for May and June 2021, were retrospectively updated in the same month.
Other notes
Note on the gender quota law 68/IX/2019:
- Article 4.1 of Law 68/IX/2019 of 28 November 2019 requires minimum representation of 40% for each of the two sexes on candidate lists for the National Assembly (as well as the Municipal Council and Municipal Assembly).
- Article 4.2 provides for strict alternation between the two sexes on candidate lists.
Women Directly Elected
27

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.
27
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.
28
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.
13.05.2021
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.
Austelino Tavares Correia (Male)
Political party
Movement for Democracy (MpD)
Date of election
19.05.2021