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COTE D' IVOIRE
Assemblée nationale (National Assembly)
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Parliament name (generic / translated) Assemblée nationale / National Assembly
Structure of parliament Unicameral
BACKGROUND
Dates of election / renewal (from/to) 18 December 2016
Purpose of elections 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.
Date of previous elections: 11 December 2011

Timing of election: Upon normal expiry

Expected date of next elections: December 2021

Number of seats at stake: 255 (full renewal)

Number of candidates: 1,336 (1,170 men, 166 women)*
*The statistics above refers to the number of titular candidates. In addition, there were 1,336 substitute candidates including 162 women (12.13%).

Percentage of women candidates: 12.43%

Number of parties contesting the election: 39

Number of parties winning seats: 4

Alternation of power: No

Date of the first session of the new parliament: 9 January 2017

Name of the new Speaker: Mr. Guillaume Soro (Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace, RHDP)
STATISTICS
Voter turnout
Round no 118 December 2016
Number of registered electors
Voters
Blank or invalid ballot papers
Valid votes
6'268'113
2'137'364 (34.1%)

Notes
Distribution of votes
Round no 1
Political Group Candidates Votes %
Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace (RHDP)
Independents
Union for Democracy and Peace in Côte d'Ivoire (UDPCI)
Ivorian Popular Front (FPI)
Union for Côte d'Ivoire (UPCI)
Distribution of seats
Round no 1
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
Distribution of seats according to sex
Men
Women
Percent of women
226
29
11.37%
Distribution of seats according to age
Distribution of seats according to profession
Comments
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)
https://www.cei-ci.org/pdf/EDAN-2016-RESULTAT-NATIONAL-SYNTHESE.PDF
https://www.cei-ci.org
http://www.france24.com
http://news.abidjan.net
http://www.africanews.com/
http://mgafrica.com
https://www.facebook.com/Rassemblement-des-Houphou%C3%ABtistes-pour-la-D%C3%A9mocratie-et-la-Paix-683005885144897/

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