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Liberia

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House of Representatives

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theThe Liberian Senate

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.
10.10.2017
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.
10.10.2023
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.
73
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".
1,000
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
835
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
165
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.
16.5%
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.
25

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
2,183,629
Votes Number of people who actually voted
1,641,922
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
75.19%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
As in the previous elections, no party won a majority in the 73-member House of Representatives (see note). The Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), led by soccer legend and Senator George Weah (CDC), came first with 21 seats. The ruling Unity Party (UP) came second with 19 seats. Other parties took fewer than five seats each. During the election campaign, the major parties focused on job creation, anti-corruption measures and infrastructure projects.
 
 No candidates won an outright majority in the first round of the presidential elections, held in parallel with the parliamentary polls. CDC leader Weah, with Ms. Jewel C. Howard-Taylor (wife of the former President Charles Taylor, serving a 50-year sentence for war crimes) as his running mate, came first. Run-off elections between Senator Weah (CDC) and Vice President Joseph Boakai (UP) were due to be held on 7 November. However, on 6 November, the Supreme Court postponed the run-off presidential elections at the request of the Liberty Party (LP) whose candidate, Mr. Charles Brumskine, finished third.
 
 On 7 December, the Supreme Court ordered the election commission to proceed with organizing the run-off presidential elections, stating the irregularities occurred were not sufficient enough to annul the entire electoral process. The Court also ordered the election commission to clean the electoral roll before the run-offs. On 26 December, Mr. Weah won the run-off elections, to succeed President Johnson Sirleaf. His swearing in on 22 January 2018 marked the first democratic transfer of power in Liberia in over seven decades.
 
 Note:
 In October 2016, the House of Representatives passed the Equal Representation and Participation Bill, creating five seats for women, one for youth and one for people with disabilities. However, the Ministry of Justice had not incorporated the changes into a new consolidated election law before the 2017 elections took place.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
12
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.
48%
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.
28.77%
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
Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) 21
Unity Party (UP) 20
Independents 13
People's Unification Party (PUP) 5
Liberty Party (LP) 3
All Liberian Party (ALP) 3
Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR) 2
Victory for Change Party (VCP) 1
Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) 1
Liberia Transformation Party (LTP) 1
United People's Party (UPP) 1
Liberia National Union (LINU) 1
Liberian People's Party (LPP) 1
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
64
Number of women elected
9
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.
12.33%
Other notes
Date of the first session of the new parliament: 15 January 2018 - The second working Monday of January following the elections.
Sources
House of Representatives (04.12.2017, 19.09.2018) National Election Commission (17.09.2018) Government of the Republic of Liberia, The Judiciary Branch BBC Reuters Bloomberg The Carter Center The New York Times Front Page Africa
Women Directly Elected
9

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.
64
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.
9
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.
15.01.2018
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.
Bhofal Chambers (Male)
Political party
Congress for Democratic Change (CDC)
Date of election
15.01.2018