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Liberia

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The Liberian Senate

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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.
20.12.2014
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.
31.10.2020
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.
15
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Partial 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".
139
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
119
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
20
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
14.39%
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.
28

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
1,903,229
Votes Number of people who actually voted
479,936
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
25.22%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
No party held a majority after the half-renewal of the 30-member Senate. President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's Unity Party (UP) took the most seats, with four of the 15 seats at stake. However, the President reportedly lost control of the Senate due to the retirement and unsuccessful election bids of a number of outgoing Senators, including the President pro tempore Gbezhongar Findley. Only 25.2 per cent of 1.9 million registered voters turned out at the polls. The main opposition party, the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), took two seats. Its founder Mr. George Weah was elected to the Senate for the first time, defeating the President's son. The Liberty Party (LP), another opposition party, took two seats. Four other parties won one seat each along with three independent candidates. The 2014 elections saw a high turnover, as only two of the 12 outgoing senators seeking re-election retained their seats: former rebel leader Prince Johnson and Jewel Howard Taylor, the wife of former President Charles Taylor. Ms. Taylor thereby became the sole woman to be elected to the Senate in 2014. Initially scheduled for 14 October, the Senate elections were postponed several times due to the Ebola outbreak that affected several countries in western Africa. Over 3,340 people died, making Liberia the worst hit country in the region. President Sirleaf banned all political rallies in the capital, Monrovia, stating the measure was to prevent the further spread of Ebola. The CDC argued that the ban was intended to favour her son's Senate bid. It promised to work for peace in the country. The UP promised to continue to improve the living standards of the Liberian people.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
7
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.
25%
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.
26.67%
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
Note on the alternation of power
presidential system
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
Unity Party (UP) 4
Independents 3
Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) 2
Liberty Party (LP) 2
National Patriotic Party (NPP) 1
National Democratic Coalition (NDC) 1
Alternative National Congress (ANC) 1
People's Unification Party (PUP) 1
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
14
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.
6.67%
Note on the Distribution of seats according to sex
One woman was elected in 2014, bringing the total number of women in the Senate to three.
Other notes
Expected date of next elections: October 2020. Renewal of the 15 senators elected for a nine-year term in 2011. President pro tempore: Mr. Armah Zolu Jallah (National Patriotic Party, NPP) Parliamentary group in the Senate (4 March 2015) - Unity Party (UP): 8 - Congress for Democratic Change (CDC): 4 - National Patriotic Party (NPP): 4 - Liberty Party (LP): 3 - Liberia Destiny Party (LPD): 1 - National Democratic Coalition (NDC): 1 - National Union for Democratic Progress (NUDP): 1 - Independents: 5 - Other: 2 - Vacant: 1
Sources
Senate (10.02.2015) National Election Commission
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.
27
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.
3
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.
13
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.
14.01.2015
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.
Joseph N. Boakai (Male)
Political party
Unity Party (UP)
Date of election
06.01.2006
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Armah Zolu Jallah (Male)
Political party
National Patriotic Party (NPP)
Date of election
14.01.2015