Chad – Legislative elections

In Chad legislative elections were held on 12-13 February. The Commission Electorale Nationale Indépendante (CENI) made some details of the results available on Sunday.

There were 188 seats in competition. I am not sure how the electoral system works, but the government website reports that these seats were spread over 71 constituencies. The turnout was 56.6%, though there are reports of some irregularities, including a return of more than 100% of the electorate in some constituencies. So, the turnout figure must be approximate.

The ruling party is President Idriss Déby’s Patriotic Salvation Movement (Mouvement Patriotique du Salut – MPS). The reports indicate that the MPS and its allied parties, including the Rally for Democracy and Progress (Rassemblement pour la démocratie et le progrès – RDP) and the National Rally for Development and Progress (Rassemblement national pour le développement et le progrès – VIVA-RNDP), has won 133 seats in total and there is a separate report suggesting that the MPS has won 117 of these seats. The report also indicates that the opposition National Union for Democracy and Renewal (Union nationale pour la démocratie et le renouveau – UNDR) has won 11 seats. The opposition Union for Renewal and Democracy (Union pour le renouveau et la démocratie – URD) is also reported to have won some seats. (In a separate report, the leader of the URD is quoted as saying that the party won 7 seats). The CENI reports that a total of 16 parties won at least one seat.

There is an EU electoral observation report available in French here. Basically, the report says that the elections were an important step forward and welcomes the fact that they occurred peacefully, but notes that there were also serious procedural flaws.

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