March 20, 2016 Held


Republic of Benin

Election for Beninese Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:3,082,998
Valid Votes:3,082,998
Invalid Votes:None

Vote Share by Candidate:

Patrice TALON2,015,889


Lionel ZINSOU1,067,109

Election Results Modified: Mar 23, 2016

General Information

Benin: President, 13 March 2016

At stake in this election:

  • The office of the President of Benin

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Thomas Boni YAYI (since 6 April 2006)
  • Head of Government: President Thomas Boni YAYI (since 6 April 2006)
  • Assembly: Benin has a unicameral National Assembly (Assemblée Nationale) with 83 seats.

Description of electoral system:

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

Last Election:

  • The first round of the presidential election was held on 6 March 2016. Lionel ZINSOU took the most votes with 28.44%, followed by Patrice TALON, who finished with 24.80%. The runoff will be contested by these two candidates. 

Main candidates in the election:

  • Lionel ZINSOU
    • Party: Cowry Forces for an Emerging Benin (FCBE)/Forces Couris pour un Benin Emergent [1]  
  • Patrice TALON
    • Party: N/A

Population and number of registered voters:

·         Population: 10,448,647

·         Registered Voters: 4,702,168

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 5,201,348

·         Is Benin a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (11 November 1981)

·         Has Benin ratified CEDAW: Yes (12 March 1992)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 7/83 (8%)

·         Human Development Index Position: 166 (2014)

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

Disability Data:

·         Is Benin a signatory to CRPD: Yes (8 February 2008)

·         Has Benin ratified CRPD: Yes (5 July 2012)

·      Population with a disability: Approximately 840,000



[1] The main opposition PRD party has pledged its support to ZINSOU in the upcoming election.

Election Modified: May 10, 2024

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