June 28, 2009 Held


Republic of Guinea-Bissau

Election for Bissau-Guinean Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:356,340
Valid Votes:356,340
Invalid Votes:0

Vote Share by Candidate:

Malam Bacai SANHA133,786


Henrique Pereira ROSA81,751

Election Results Modified: Jul 30, 2009

General Information

At stake in this election:

  • The office of Interim President of Guinea-Bissau

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: Interim President Raimundo PEREIRA *
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Carlos GOMES Junior
  • Assembly: Guinea-Bissau has a unicameral National People's Assembly (Assembleia Nacional Popular) with 102 seats.

* The electoral system is two-round.

Description of electoral system:

  • The Interim President is elected by absolute majority vote to serve a 5-year term.
  • In the National People's Assembly (Assembleia Nacional Popular) 102 members are elected by proportional representation to serve 4-year terms.***

*** Closed lists. 27 multi-member districts. An election is valid only if more than 50 percent of eligible voters in a constituency turn out.

Main Candidates in the Second Round of the Presidential race:

  • Koumba YALA
    • Alliance: Party for Social Renewal (PRS)
  • Malam Bacai SANHA
    • Alliance: African Party for the Independence of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde (PAIGC)

Main Candidates in the First Round of the Presidential race:

  • Malam Bacai SANHA
    • Alliance: PAIGC
  • Henrique Pereira ROSA
    • Alliance: N/A
  • Kumba YALA
    • Alliance: PRS

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 1,596,832 (2009)
  • Registered Voters: 593,782 (June 2009 )

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 804,244 (2009)

·         Is Guinea-Bissau a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (17 July 1980)

·         Has Guinea-Bissau ratified CEDAW: Yes (23 August 1985)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 10 (following the 2008 elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 178 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Medium (2014)

Disability Data:

·         Is Guinea-Bissau a signatory to CRPD: Yes (24 September 2013)

·         Has Guinea-Bissau ratified CRPD: Yes (24 September 2014)

·         Population with a disability: 239,524 (est.)

Election Modified: Aug 17, 2023

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