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Côte d'Ivoire

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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.
18.12.2016
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.
31.12.2020
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.
255
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".
1,336
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
1,170
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
166
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
12.43%
Notes
The statistics above refers to the number of titular candidates. In addition, there were 1,336 substitute candidates including 162 women (12.13%).
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.
39

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
6,268,113
Votes Number of people who actually voted
2,137,364
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
34.1%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
President Alassane Ouattara's Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace (RHDP) retained its majority in the 255-member National Assembly, taking 167 seats. Two pro-presidential parties – the Union for Democracy and Peace in Côte d'Ivoire (UDPCI) and the Union for Côte d'Ivoire (UPCI) - won a total of nine seats. A faction of the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI, of the ousted former President Laurent Gbagbo) led by Mr. Pascal Affi N'Guessan, participated in the 2016 elections and took three seats. Other FPI members vowed to continue their boycott until Mr. Gbagbo - on trial at the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity – returns to the country. During the election campaign, the RHDP ran on the government's record, promising to accelerate the progress of the country. The 2016 elections followed the approval of a new Constitution in a referendum in October 2016. The new Constitution was proposed in May 2016 by President Ouattara (who was re-elected for a second and final five-year term in October 2015). It provides for the post of Vice-President and a Senate, which is yet to be established. The Senate will be a representative body of territorial communities and Ivoirians abroad. The new Constitution also loosened the eligibility conditions for the presidency: henceforth, only one parent must be Ivorian, instead of both parents previously.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
4
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.
10.26%
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.
65.49%
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
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace (RHDP) 167
Independents 76
Union for Democracy and Peace in Côte d'Ivoire (UDPCI) 6
Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) 3
Union for Côte d'Ivoire (UPCI) 3
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
226
Number of women elected
29
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.
11.37%
Other notes
Two candidates won exactly the same number of votes in one constituency. A male independent candidate won the run-off elections held on 29 December. In January 2017, the Constitutional Council invalidated the results in two other constituencies. Fresh elections were held on 28 January. The male candidates who were initially elected (one independent, one from UPCI) won the fresh elections. The results above reflect these elections. In mid-January 2017, two women members were appointed ministers and replaced by their male substitutes. As at 22 February, there were 27 women out of 255 members.
Sources
National Assembly (01.01.2017, 22.02.2017) Commission Electorale Indépendante France 24 Infos Abidjan Africa News Mail & Guardian
Women Directly Elected
29

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.
226
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.
29
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.
141
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.
09.01.2017
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.
Guillaume Soro (Male)
Political party
Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace (RHDP)
Date of election
09.01.2017