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Parliament name Parliament
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Dates of election / renewal (from/to) 18 February 2016
Purpose of elections President Yoweri Museveni's National Resistance Movement (NRM) retained a two-thirds majority in the enlarged 447-member Parliament (up from 375 (see note). The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) led by Mr. Kizza Besigye came a distant second with 36 seats. The Democratic Alliance (TDA), led by former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, took 19 seats.

Mr. Museveni was re-elected President for a fifth term. Mr. Besigye (FDC), who came second, rejected the election results and called for a protest march. The Supreme Court rejected a petition by Mr. Mbabazi challenging President Museveni's victory, citing voter bribery and arrests.

During the election campaign, the major parties promised to provide better infrastructure, more jobs and affordable health care and to fight corruption. Observers from the European Union praised the peaceful voting but drew attention to a "lack of transparency and independence of the Electoral Commission" and "intimidation and harassment of opposition parties by security agencies".

The statutory number of directly elected members increased from 238 to 300, and that of women representatives from 112 to 122, due to an increase in the number of constituencies, approved by parliament in August 2015. However, the 2016 elections were held only for the 290 directly elected seats and 112 women representative seats, pending the creation of new districts. In addition, the President of the Republic may appoint as many ex officio members as he/she wishes, although the President has traditionally appointed 11 members to Parliament. The number of ex officio members (ministers who do not have voting rights), and thus the statutory number of members, may vary during the course of the legislature.
Date of previous elections: 18 February 2011

Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature : 11 May 2016

Timing of election: Upon normal expiry

Expected date of next elections: February 2021

Number of seats at stake: 427 (full renewal)

Number of candidates: 1,747 (1,253 men, 494 women)*
*1,343 candidates (including 88 women) for the 290 directly elected seats and 406 women candidates for the 112 seats reserved for women.

Percentage of women candidates: 28.3%

Number of parties contesting the election: 19

Number of parties winning seats: 5

Alternation of power: No

Number of parties in government: 1

Names of parties in government: National Resistance Movement (NRM)

Date of the first session of the new parliament: 17 May 2016

Name of the new Speaker: Ms. Rebecca Kadaga (National Resistance Movement, NRM)
Voter turnout
Round no 118 February 2016
Number of registered electors
Blank or invalid ballot papers
Valid votes
10'329'131 (67.61%)

Notes Turnout figures for the presidential elections.
Distribution of votes
Round no 1
Political Group Candidates Votes %
National Resistance Movement (NRM)
Forum for Democratic Change (FDC)
Democratic Party (DP)
Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF)
Uganda People's Congress (UPC)
Distribution of seats
Round no 1
Political Group Total Constituency District woman Other indirect seats
National Resistance Movement (NRM) 294 200 84 10
Independents 66 44 17 5
Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) 36 29 7 0
Democratic Party (DP) 15 13 2 0
Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) 10 0 0 10
Uganda People's Congress (UPC) 6 4 2 0
Distribution of seats according to sex
Percent of women
Distribution of seats according to age
Distribution of seats according to profession
Parliament (19.05.2016)
Electoral Commission (05.07.2016)

Breakdown of the 143 seats won by women:
- Constituency Representatives: 22
- Women District Representatives: 112
- Youth Representatives: 2
- Representatives of disabled persons: 2
- Workers' Representatives: 2
- Representatives of the Uganda People's Defense Forces: 3

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