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Congo

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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.
16.07.2017 to 30.07.2017
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.
31.07.2022
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.
151
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".
711
The number of women candidates is not available from authoritative sources.

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
2,221,596

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
President Denis Sassou-Nguesso's Congolese Workers Party (PCT) retained a comfortable majority in the 151-member National Assembly (see note 1), taking 91 seats. The main opposition, the Pan-African Union for Social Democracy (UPADS), led by Mr. Pascal Tsaty Mabiala, took eight seats. 20 independent candidates were elected. They belong to the Union of Humanist Democrats" (UDH-Yuki), led by Mr. Guy-Brice Parfait Kolélas (who came second in the 2016 presidential elections. The Movement for Unity, Solidarity, and Work (MUST), led by former Minister of Trade and presidential candidate Ms. Claudine Munari, boycotted the 2017 elections, arguing that President Sassou-Nguesso's re-election in 2016 was illegitimate (see note 2) and that it would be improper to hold an election while the Pool region was suffering from renewed fighting. This call was echoed by another opposition coalition comprising the Initiative for Democracy in Congo and the Republican Front for the Respect of Constitutional Order and Democratic Alternation (FROCAD/IDC) and the “Composante Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko” (CJ3M). Two leaders of the CJ3M - former General Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko and MP André Okombi Salissa - were arrested in June 2016 and in January 2017 and charged with "threatening the internal security of the state". Note 1: The statutory number of members of the National Assembly increased from 139 to 151 following amendments to the electoral law in April 2017, which created new constituencies in several departments. Elections in nine constituencies in the Pool Department did not take place in 2017 due to security reasons. In accordance with a ministerial decision of July 2017, the parliamentary mandate of nine outgoing members representing the Pool Department (as well as the senators whose terms end in 2017) has been extended until new elections are held. Of these nine members, five belong to the Congolese Workers Party (PCT), giving it 96 seats in all, and four belong to the Congolese Movement for Democracy and Integrated Development (MCDDI) which did not win parliamentary representation in 2017. Note 2: President Sassou-Nguesso, who first seized power in a 1979 coup and became President again in 1997 following a civil war) was constitutionally to be barred from running in the 2016 elections due to the two-term limit stipulated in the 2002 Constitution. A new Constitution was adopted in a referendum in 2015, providing for a three-term limit of a five-year presidency (instead of seven previously) and removing the upper age limit (70 years), paving the way for the incumbent to seek a new term in 2016.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
19
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
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
134
Number of women elected
17
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.
11.26%
Other notes
Note on the Distribution of seats "Pool" refers to the nine members representing the Pool Department whose term has been extended until new elections are held (see note 1).
Sources
National Assembly (23.08.2017, 24.08.2017, 05.09.2017) Agence d'Information d'Afrique Centrale Ici Brazza Jeune Afrique Africa News BBC France 24 La Semaine Africaine News 24
Women Directly Elected
17

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.
134
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.
17
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.
87
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.
19.08.2017
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.
Isidore Mvouba (Male)
Political party
Congolese Workers Party (PCT)
Date of election
19.08.2017