2014 São Toméan legislative election

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Parliamentary elections were held in São Tomé and Príncipe on 12 October 2014, alongside regional and local elections.[1] The result was a majority for the opposition Independent Democratic Action led by 2-time Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada, which won 33 of the 55 seats in the National Assembly.[2]

Background[edit]

Following the 2010 election in which the Independent Democratic Action got a plurality, the government lost a vote of confidence midway through its term.[2]

Electoral system[edit]

The 55 members of the National Assembly were elected by proportional representation in seven multi-member constituencies using the closed list system.[3]

Conduct[edit]

The African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) was tasked with monitoring the election;[4] the 24-member mission was led by Angolan França Van-Dúnem, who said, after a meeting with President Manuel Pinto da Costa, the mission sought to ensure the election was run in order and peace.[5] There was also an observation mission from the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP); the CPLP report stated that the elections were "transparent, free and fair, and were conducted in an orderly manner. It mentioned that there were some incidents, but that they were unlikely to affect the final results.[6]

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/−
Independent Democratic Action 35,267 52.58 33 +7
Movement for the Liberation of São Tomé and Príncipe/Social Democratic Party 16,573 24.71 16 −5
Democratic Convergence Party – Reflection Group 7,342 10.95 5 −2
Force for Change Democratic Movement - Liberal Party 2,217 3.30 0 −1
National Platform for Development 2,207 3.29 0 0
Party of Stability and Social Progress 1,655 2.47 0 New
Union of Democrats for Citizenship and Development 1,252 1.87 1 +1
National Union for Democracy and Progress 163 0.24 0 0
São Toméan Workers Party 138 0.20 0 New
CÓDÓ Party 98 0.15 0 0
Christian Democratic Front 95 0.14 0 0
Socialist Movement 68 0.10 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 2,435
Total 69,510 100 55 0
Registered voters/turnout 92,790 74.91
Source: CEN

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Presidente São Tomé e Príncipe anuncia eleições em 12 de Outubro". www.rtp.pt (in Portuguese). RTP. 15 July 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Opposition ADI party gets majority in Sao Tome parliamentary vote". Reuters. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  3. ^ Electoral system IPU
  4. ^ Sao Tome and Principe to hold parliamentary and local elections this Sunday Vatican Radio, 10 October 2014
  5. ^ Angola: Electoral Observers Want Order in Elections AllAfrica.com, 10 October 2014
  6. ^ Declaração da Missão de Observação Eleitoral da CPLP às Eleições Jornal Tropical, 15 October 2014 ‹See Tfd›(in Portuguese)