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Cameroon

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National Assembly

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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.
30.09.2013
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
22.07.2013
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Delayed elections
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
31.12.2019
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.
180
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

The number of candidates is not available from authoritative sources.
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.
28

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
5,481,226
Votes Number of people who actually voted
4,208,796
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
76.79%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
President Paul Biya's Cameroon People's Democratic Movement (CPDM) took 148 seats in the 180-member National Assembly. The main opposition, the Social Democratic Front (SDF), came in a distant second, taking 18 seats. The remaining 14 seats went to five other parties. President Biya, who has been in power since 1982, ran on the government's record, citing democratic progress in the country. He promised to put in place the constitutional council provided for in the constitution. This council will among other things determine whether laws comply with the constitution, which, in his view, will complete "Democracy-building in Cameroon". The SDF criticized the electoral system, which, in its view, favours the ruling party. Elections to the National Assembly had been due in 2012. They were delayed following the government's decision to prepare a new electoral roll and introduce a biometric electoral card. The term of the outgoing parliamentarians, which should have expired by 21 August 2012, was extended three times until the elections took place. The elections were combined with those for the municipal councils.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
7
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.
25%
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.
82.22%
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
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
Cameroon People's Democratic Movement (CPDM), National Union for Democracy and Progress (UNDP), National Salvation Front (FSNC), National Alliance for Democracy and Progress (ANDP)
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
Cameroon People's Democratic Movement (CPDM) 148
Social Democratic Front (SDF) 18
National Union for Democracy and Progress (UNDP) 5
Cameroon Democratic Union (UDC) 4
Union of the Peoples of Cameroon (UPC) 3
Movement for the Defense of the Republic (MDR) 1
Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM) 1
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
124
Number of women elected
56
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.
31.11%
Sources
Source: National Assembly (22.10.2013)
Women Directly Elected
56

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.
124
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.
56
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.
92
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.
29.10.2013
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.
Djibril Cavayé Yeguie (Male)
Political party
Cameroon People's Democratic Movement (CPDM)
Date of election
05.11.2013