Guyana

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.
02.03.2020
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
30.12.2019
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Early election
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
31.03.2025
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.
65
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

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.
11

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
661,378
Votes Number of people who actually voted
480,061
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
72.58%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
The March 2020 elections triggered a lengthy recount of votes and a legal battle (see note) on the election results. Ultimately, the People's Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) which endorsed former housing Minister Irfaan Ali as its presidential candidate, was declared the winner. The PPP/C, which had governed the country between 1992 and 2015, thus regained power, defeating the Partnership for National Unity - Alliance for Change coalition (APNU-AFC) led by President David Granger. Five months after the elections, on 2 August, 40-year-old Ali was sworn in as the new President, stating “There is only one future, and that future requires a united Guyana”.





The 2020 elections were the first to be held after the discovery of oil reserves off Guyana’s coast in May 2015. The government led by APNU-AFC signed a contract with an oil company in 2017. During the 2020 election campaigning, the PPP/C promised to re-negotiate the terms of the contract with the oil company, 





Note:


In Guyana, the presidential candidate of the party winning parliamentary elections becomes the President. On 5 March 2020, the election commission declared the APNU-AFC as the winner of the elections, thereby declaring the reelection of President Granger. The PPP/C demanded a vote recount, citing irregularities in the most populous electoral district, Region Four; also echoed by international observers. 





On 12 March, the Supreme Court ordered a partial recount. Following domestic and international pressure, on 3 April, the election commission announced the full recount of the votes. The recount results, published on 7 June, gave the victory to PPP/C. The APNU-AFC requested that the entire elections be annulled, citing irregularities during the vote recount. On 22 June, the Appeal Court ruled that only the valid votes could be used to declare the election results. On 23 June, the Chief Elections Officer issued a report giving victory to the APNU-AFC after invalidating over 11,000 votes (nearly a quarter of the total votes cast).





On 9 July, the Caribbean Court of Justice invalidated the 22 June Appeal Court ruling and the Chief Elections Officer’s report. On 30 July, Guyana’s Appeal Court ruled that the results of the vote recount should be used to determine and declare the result of the March general elections, thereby confirming the PPP/C’s victory. The Court also invalidated the Chief Elections Officer’s report.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
3
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.
27.27%
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.
50.77%
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.
Yes
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
People's Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) 33
A Partnership for National Unity - Alliance for Change (APNU-AFC) 31
A New and United Guyana (ANUG)-Liberty and Justice Party (LJP)-The New Movement (TNM) 1
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
42
Number of women elected
23
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.
35.38%
Note on the Distribution of seats according to sex
The statistics above refer to the 65 directly elected members, of whom 23 are women. 
In addition, there are two non-elected ministers (including one woman) and the Speaker, who is a non-elected ex officio member of the National Assembly.
As at 10 September 2020, there were 24 women out of 68 members.
Sources
Parliament of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana (25.08.2020, 10.09.2020)

https://www.electionguide.org/countries/id/93

https://dpi.gov.gy/

https://caricom.org

Reuters

BBC

BBC Monitoring

https://www.theguardian.com

https://guyanachronicle.com

www.stabroeknews.com
Women Directly Elected
23
Women Other
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.
44
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.
24
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.
01.09.2020
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.
Manzoor Nadir (Male)
Date of election
01.09.2020