Oct. 7, 2018 Held

Sao Tome and Principe

Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe

Election for Assembleia Nacional (Sao Tomean National Assembly)


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:78,456
Valid Votes:None
Invalid Votes:2,351

Vote Share by Party:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Independent Democratic Action 25 - 32,805


Movement for the Liberation of Sao Tome and Principe-Social Democratic Party (Movimento de Libertação de São Tomé e Príncipe - Partido Social Democrata) 23 - 31,634


Force for Change Democratic Movement - Democratic Convergence Party 5 - 7,451


Sao Tome and Principe Independent Citizen Movement Party (Mouvement citoyen indépendant de Sao Tomé-et-Principe ) 2 - 1,659

Election Results Modified: Oct 15, 2018

General Information

At stake in this election:

  • 55 seats in the National Assembly (Assembleia Nacional)

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Evaristo CARVALHO
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Patrice TRAVOADA
  • Assembly: Sao Tome and Principe has a unicameral National Assembly (Assembleia Nacional) with 55 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system to serve a 5-year term.
  • The Prime Minister is elected by parliament.
  • In the National Assembly (Assembleia Nacional) 55 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 4-year terms.***

*** There are 7 multi-member constituencies.

Main parties in the electoral race:*

* There are 15 parties and alliances in this election.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 208,818 (2018 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 86,986 (2018)

Gender Data:

  • Female Population:  104,821 (2018 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:
  • Number of Female Parliamentarians: 10 (2018)
  • Human Development Index Position: 142 (2016)
  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A

Disability Data:

  • Is São Tomé and Príncipe a signatory to CRPD: No
  • Has São Tomé and Príncipe ratified CRPD: Yes, accession (5 November 2015)
  • Population with a disability: 29,101 (2018 est.)
Election Modified: Jun 21, 2024

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