Nov. 24, 2019 Confirmed


Republic of Guinea-Bissau

Election for Bissau-Guinean Presidency

General Information

At Stake in this Election:       

  • The office of President of Guinea-Bissau.

Government Structure:

  • Chief of State: President Jose Mario VAZ
  • Head of Government: The office of the Prime Minister if currently vacant.*
  • Assembly: Guinea-Bissau has a unicameral People's National Assembly (Assembleia Nacional Popular) with 102 seats.

* On Tuesday October 29, 2019, Guinea-Bissau President Jose Mario VAZ dismissed former Prime Minister Prime Minister Aristides GOMES and named a replacement from a minority political party.[1] GOMES refused to step down, intensifying a bitter power struggle between VAZ and the ruling party weeks ahead of a presidential election[2].

Electoral System:

  • In the People's National Assembly (Assembleia Nacional Popular) 102 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 4-year terms.

Main Candidates in this Election:

  • Candidate: Jose Mario VAZ
    • Party: Independent
  • Candidate: Domingos Simoes PEREIRA
    • Party: African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC)
  • Candidate: Umaro Sissoko EMBALO
    • Party: Movement for a Democratic Alternative (Madem G-15)
  • Candidate: Nuno Gomes Na BIAM
    • Party: United People's Assembly - Guinea-Bissau Democratic Party
  • Candidate: Carlos GOMES Jr.
    • Party: Independent

Population and Registered Voters:

  • Population: 1,921,000[3]
  • Registered Voters: 761,676 (2019)[4]

Gender Data:

  • Female Population: 982,000[5]
  • Is Guinea-Bissau a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (17 July 1980)[6]
  • Has Guinea-Bissau ratified CEDAW: Yes (23 August 1985)[7]
  • Gender Quota: No
  • Female Candidates in this election:
  • Number of Female Legislators: 14 (13.7%)[8]
  • Human Development Index (HDI) Position: 177[9]
  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A

Disability Data:

  • Is Guinea-Bissau a signatory to CRPD: Yes (24 September 2013)[10]
  • Has Guinea-Bissau ratified CRPD: Yes (24 September 2014)[11]
  • Population with a disability: 258, 926 (2019 est.)[12]


Election Modified: May 10, 2024

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