Guinea-Bissau legislative election, 1976–77

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Indirect parliamentary elections were held in Guinea-Bissau between 19 December 1976 and mid-January 1977 (voting had been due to end on 29 December, but was extended), the first since independence from Portugal. At the time, the country was a one-party state with the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) as the sole legal party. A single, official list of PAIGC candidates was presented to voters, although in some areas people voted for unofficial candidates, who achieved almost 20% of the national vote.[1] The Assembly elected Luís Cabral to the post of President on 13 March 1977.[2]

Electoral system[edit]

The indirect election saw voters elect members of eight regional councils, who in turn elected the 150 members of the National People's Assembly.[1] At least 50% of registered voters had to cast ballot in an electoral district for the election to be valid.[1] Anyone over the age of 15 and with Guinea-Bissau citizenship was entitled to vote, unless they had been disqualified.[1]


Party Votes % Seats
African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde 136,022 80.04 150
Other candidates 33,918 19.96 0
Total 169,940 100 150


  1. ^ a b c d Guinea Bissau Inter-Parliamentary Union
  2. ^ Elections in Guinea-Bissau African Elections Database