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Assembly of the Union

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.
25.01.2015 to 22.02.2015
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
22.12.2014
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.
31.01.2020
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.
24
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".
203
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
198
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
5
The number of women candidates is not available from authoritative sources.
No
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
2.46%
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.
26

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
274,505
Votes Number of people who actually voted
195,870
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
71.35%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
The Assembly of the Union contains 33 seats, of which 24 are directly elected. President Ikililou Dhoinine's Union for the Development of the Comoros (UPDC) took eight directly elected seats, just ahead of former President Ahmed Abdallah Sambi's JUWA ("Sun") party. Parties close to the UPDC took three seats while a JUWA ally took two seats (see note). During the elections, the major parties focused on the economy, promising economic development and social progress. JUWA and the opposition forces won a majority of the nine indirectly elected seats that are determined by the assemblies of the three islands of the Union (Anjouan, Grande-Comore, Mohéli, 3 members each). The opposition therefore held a one-seat majority overall. However, on 1 April, the Constitutional Court invalidated the election of three JUWA members representing the Assembly of Anjouan. JUWA argued that the Constitutional Court's decision was signed by judges who were outside the country. In protest, JUWA and its allies boycotted the speakership election on 4 April, where Justice Minister Abdou Ousseni, nominated by the Government, was elected Speaker at an in camera meeting. The mandate of the outgoing legislature elected in December 2009 was due to expire in April 2014. However, in order to hold parliamentary elections in parallel with those to the assemblies of the three islands of the Union, the parliamentary elections were scheduled for November 2014. Both elections were then postponed to December 2014, then to January (first round) and February 2015 (run-offs) for unspecified reasons. The mandate of the outgoing members of the Assembly of the Union was extended until the end of the 2015 electoral process. Note: The UPDC had the support of the Convention for the Renewal of the Comoros (CRC, two seats), led by former President Azali Assoumani, and the Rally for an Alternative of Harmonious and Integrated Development (RADHI, one seat), as well as two independent candidates-elect. The Democratic Rally of the Comoros (RDC, two seats) sided with JUWA.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
6
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.
23.08%
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.
45.83%
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
Union for the Development of the Comoros (UPDC), Convention for the Renewal of the Comoros (CRC) and Rally for an Alternative of Harmonious and Integrated Development (RADHI)
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total 1st Round 2nd Round Indirect Election Indirect election
Union for the Development of the Comoros (UPDC) 11 2 6 3
JUWA party ("Sun") 10 1 6 3
Democratic Rally of the Comoros (RDC) 4 0 2 2
Independents 3 0 3 0
Convention for the Renewal of the Comoros (CRC) 2 0 2 0
Rally for an Alternative of Harmonious and Integrated Development (RADHI) 1 0 1 0
PSND-Dudja 1 0 0 1
Party for the Harmony of the Comoros (PEC) 1 0 1 0 0
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
32
Number of women elected
1
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.
4.17%
Note on the Distribution of seats according to sex
The distribution of seats above refers to the 24 directly elected seats. The distribution of seats according to sex refers to the full 33-member house (including nine indirectly elected members). One woman was directly elected; no women were indirectly elected.
Sources
Assembly of the Union (17.03.2015, 18.04.2015, 02.05.2015, 01.01.2017)
Women Directly Elected
1

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.
32
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.
1
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.
03.04.2015
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.
Abdou Ousseni (Male)
Political party
Union for the Development of the Comoros (UPDC)
Date of election
04.04.2015