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CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Assemblée nationale (National Assembly)
LAST ELECTIONS

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Assemblée nationale / National Assembly
Structure of parliament Unicameral
BACKGROUND
Dates of election / renewal (from/to) (from/to)14 February 2016
31 March 2016
Purpose of elections The elections were the first to be held since the March 2013 coup, which ousted President François Bozizé and dissolved the National Assembly. A National Transitional Council (CNT) was established in April 2013 to oversee a transitional period (twice extended) and to draft a new constitution, which was adopted by referendum on 13 December 2015.

The parliamentary and presidential elections initially took place on 30 December, but several candidates claimed that the elections were rigged. On 25 January, the Transitional Constitutional Court invalidated the first round of the parliamentary elections due to “many irregularities and the implication of candidates in these irregularities”. Fresh parliamentary elections were held on 14 February 2016 in parallel with the run-off presidential elections. Delays in the announcement of the first round results meant that run-off parliamentary elections were held on 31 March, four days later than planned.

The 2016 elections returned a fragmented parliament. Independent candidates took 55 of the 140 seats in the new National Assembly. The National Union for Democracy and Progress (UNDP ), led by Mr. Michel Amine, became the largest single party, winning 13 seats. The Central African Union for Renewal (URCA) of former Prime Minister Anicet Georges Dologuele took 11 seats. Former President Bozizé led the National Convergence "Kwa Na Kwa" (KNK) which took seven seats.

In the presidential elections, Mr. Faustin Archange Touadera (independent) - the last prime minister under President Bozizé - defeated Mr Dologuele (URCA), who had won the most votes in the first round of voting on 30 December. On 30 March, Mr. Touadera was sworn in as the new President. He succeeded Acting President Catherine Samba-Panza, who had overseen the transitional period since January 2014, succeeding Acting President Michel Djotodia, who led the 2013 coup. The convening of the National Assembly on 6 May 2016 marked the end of the three-year long transitional period.
Date of previous elections: 23 January & 27 March 2011

Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature: 26 March 2013*
*Dissolved by a coup.

Timing of election:Delayed elections

Expected date of next elections: February – March 2021

Number of seats at stake: 140 (full renewal)

Number of candidates: Not available.

Percentage of women candidates: Not available.

Number of parties contesting the election: Not available.

Number of parties winning seats: 17

Alternation of power: Not applicable*
*The first elections after the 2013 coup.

Date of the first session of the new parliament: 6 May 2016

Name of the new Speaker: Mr. Karim Meckassoua (independent)
STATISTICS
Voter turnout
Round no 1 (from/to)14 February 2016
31 March 2016
Number of registered electors
Voters
Blank or invalid ballot papers
Valid votes



Notes
Distribution of votes
Round no 1
Political Group Candidates Votes %
Independents
National Union for Democracy and Progress (UNDP)
Central African Union for Renewal (URCA)
Movement for the Liberation of the Central African People (MLPC)
National Convergence "Kwa Na Kwa" (KNK)
Central African Democratic Rally (RDC)
Rally for the Republic (RPR)
African Party for Radical Transformation and Integration of the states (PATRIE)
Party for Central African Renewal (PARC)
Party for the Democratic Governance (PDG)
Republican Convention for Social Progress (CRPS)
National Solidarity Movement (MNS)
Movement for Democracy and Development (MDD)
Socialist Party (PS)
Action Party for Development (PAD)
Party for Democracy and Solidarity - Kélémba (PDSK)
National Union of Central African Democrats (UNADER)
National Union Party (PUN)
Distribution of seats
Round no 1
Political Group Total 1st round 2nd round 15 May
Independents 57 22 33 2
National Union for Democracy and Progress (UNDP) 14 5 8 1
Central African Union for Renewal (URCA) 11 3 8 0
Movement for the Liberation of the Central African People (MLPC) 9 3 6 0
National Convergence "Kwa Na Kwa" (KNK) 7 3 4 0
Central African Democratic Rally (RDC) 7 2 5 0
Rally for the Republic (RPR) 6 1 5 0
African Party for Radical Transformation and Integration of the states (PATRIE) 5 1 4 0
Party for Central African Renewal (PARC) 3 0 3 0
Party for the Democratic Governance (PDG) 3 2 1 0
Republican Convention for Social Progress (CRPS) 2 1 1 0
National Solidarity Movement (MNS) 2 0 2 0
Movement for Democracy and Development (MDD) 1 1 0 0
Socialist Party (PS) 1 1 0 0
Action Party for Development (PAD) 1 0 1 0
Party for Democracy and Solidarity - Kélémba (PDSK) 1 0 1 0
National Union of Central African Democrats (UNADER) 1 1 0 0
National Union Party (PUN) 1 0 1 0
Distribution of seats according to sex
Men
Women
Percent of women
120
11
8.40%
Distribution of seats according to age
Distribution of seats according to profession
Comments
Sources:
L'Autorité Nationale des Élections (11.05.2016, 14.06.2016)
http://anerca.org
Décision N 100/16/CCT du 23 avril 2016

Note on the rerun election of 15 May 2016
- Elections were rerun for 10 of the 12 remaining seats on 15 May 2016. On 10 June, the Constitutional Court validated the preliminary results announced by the election commission. Three of 10 members were elected in the first round while seven others advanced to run-off elections to be held on 26 June.
- No women were elected in the first round and no women candidates advanced to the run-offs.
- The above distribution of seats according to political party and sex includes three male candidates elected in the first round: one from the UNDP and two independents.

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