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Central African Republic

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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.
14.02.2016 to 31.03.2016
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
26.03.2013
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.
27.12.2020
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.
140
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.

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
The elections were the first to be held since the March 2013 coup, which ousted President François Bozizé and dissolved the National Assembly. A National Transitional Council (CNT) was established in April 2013 to oversee a transitional period (twice extended) and to draft a new constitution, which was adopted by referendum on 13 December 2015. The parliamentary and presidential elections initially took place on 30 December, but several candidates claimed that the elections were rigged. On 25 January, the Transitional Constitutional Court invalidated the first round of the parliamentary elections due to "many irregularities and the implication of candidates in these irregularities". Fresh parliamentary elections were held on 14 February 2016 in parallel with the run-off presidential elections. Delays in the announcement of the first round results meant that run-off parliamentary elections were held on 31 March, four days later than planned. The 2016 elections returned a fragmented parliament. Independent candidates took 55 of the 140 seats in the new National Assembly. The National Union for Democracy and Progress (UNDP ), led by Mr. Michel Amine, became the largest single party, winning 13 seats. The Central African Union for Renewal (URCA) of former Prime Minister Anicet Georges Dologuele took 11 seats. Former President Bozizé led the National Convergence "Kwa Na Kwa" (KNK) which took seven seats. In the presidential elections, Mr. Faustin Archange Touadera (independent) - the last prime minister under President Bozizé - defeated Mr Dologuele (URCA), who had won the most votes in the first round of voting on 30 December. On 30 March, Mr. Touadera was sworn in as the new President. He succeeded Acting President Catherine Samba-Panza, who had overseen the transitional period since January 2014, succeeding Acting President Michel Djotodia, who led the 2013 coup. The convening of the National Assembly on 6 May 2016 marked the end of the three-year long transitional period.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
17
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.
Not applicable
Note on the alternation of power
The first elections after the 2013 coup.
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
129
Number of women elected
11
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.
7.86%
Other notes
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature: 26 March 2013. Dissolved by a coup. Note on the rerun election of 15 May and 26 June 2016 - In all, 128 members, including 11 women, were elected to the 140-member National Assembly in two rounds of elections held on 14 February and 31 March 2016. - Elections were rerun for the 12 remaining seats on 15 May and 26 June. No women were elected in the first round and no women candidates advanced to the run-offs. - On 10 July, the Constitutional Court invalidated the results for first constituency in Bimbo and ordered a fresh election. - Fresh elections in Bimbo were held on 23 October (1st round) and 4 December 2016 (2nd round). A male independent candidate was elected. The distribution of seats above includes the results of these elections, which brought the number of independent candidates elected from 59 to 60.
Sources
National Assembly (09.08.2016) Autorité Nationale des Élections (11.05.2016, 14.06.2016, 15.01.2017) Décision N 006/16/CCT du 14 mars 2016 Décision N 100/16/CCT du 23 avril 2016 Constitutional Court (22.08.2016, 23.08.2016, 28.12.2016)
Women Directly Elected
11

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.
129
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.
11
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.
06.05.2016
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.
Karim Meckassoua (Male)
Date of election
06.05.2016