July 17, 2016 Held

Sao Tome and Principe

Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe

Election for Sao Tomean Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:71,117
Valid Votes:69,070
Invalid Votes:2,047

Vote Share by Candidate:

Evaristo do Espírito Santo CARVALHO34,629


Manuel Pinto da COSTA17,121


Maria das NEVES16,638


Manuel do ROSARIO488


Helder BARROS194

Election Results Modified: Jul 18, 2016

General Information

Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe: President, 17 July 2016

At stake in this election:

  • The office of the President of São Tomé and Príncipe

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Manuel Pinto DA COSTA (since 3 September 2011)
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Patrice Emery TROVOADA (since 29 November 2014)
  • Assembly: São Tomé and Principe has a unicameral Assembleia Nacional (National Assembly) composed of 55 seats, with members serving 4-year terms.


  • The president is directly elected by absolute majority popular vote in two rounds if needed to serve a 5-year term, with eligibility for a second term.

Last Election:

  • The last presidential election was held in two rounds on 17 July and 7 August 2011.  In the second round of voting, Manuel Pinto DA COSTA was elected with 52.88% of the vote, defeating Evaristo do Espirito Santo CARVALHO, who took 47.12%.

Main candidates in the election:

  • Manuel Pinto DA COSTA
    • Movement for the Liberation of São Tomé and Principe - Social Democratic Party/Movimento de Libertação de São Tomé e Príncipe - Partido Social Democrat
  • Evaristo do Espirito Santo CARVALHO
    • Independent Democratic Action ADI/Acção Democrática Independente
  • Maria das NEVES
    • Movement for the Liberation of São Tomé and Príncipe - Social Democratic Party/Movimento de Libertação de São Tomé e Príncipe/Partido Social Democrata
  • Hélder BARROS
    • Party: Independent
  • Manuel do ROSARIO
    • Party: Independent

Population and number of registered voters:

·         Population: 194,006 (July 2015 est.)

·         Registered Voters: 92,639 (2011)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 97,188 (July 2015 est.)

·         Is São Tomé a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (31 October 1995)

·         Has São Tomé ratified CEDAW: Yes (3 June 2003)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 10 (18.18%)

·         Human Development Index Position: 143 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A

Disability Data:

·         Is São Tomé and Príncipe a signatory to CRPD: N/A

·         Has São Tomé and Príncipe ratified CRPD: Yes, accession (5 November 2015)

·         Population with a disability: 29,101

Election Modified: Jun 21, 2024

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