Republic of the Congo presidential election, 1992

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A presidential election was held in the Republic of the Congo in August 1992, marking the end of the transitional period that began with the February–June 1991 National Conference. It was won by Pascal Lissouba of the Pan-African Union for Social Democracy (UPADS), who defeated Bernard Kolélas of the Congolese Movement for Democracy and Integral Development (MCDDI) in a second round of voting.

In the first round, held on 8 August, Lissouba, who had served as Prime Minister in the 1960s, placed first with 36% of the vote, outperforming Kolélas, an opposition figure since the 1960s, who won 20%, and Denis Sassou-Nguesso of the former ruling party, the Congolese Labor Party (PCT), who won 17%. Sassou-Nguesso had been President since 1979 but only in a ceremonial capacity since the National Conference. Prime Minister André Milongo, who led the country during the transition but whose government had lost its responsibility for organizing the election after the local election of May 1992 proved controversial, ran as an independent candidate and placed fourth with 10%. Two former leading figures of the PCT, Jean-Pierre Thystère Tchicaya of the Rally for Democracy and Social Progress (RDPS) and Joachim Yhombi-Opango of the Rally for Democracy and Development (RDD), placed fifth and sixth with 6% and 3% respectively.

In the first round, Lissouba enjoyed overwhelming support in the three regions collectively known as NibolekNiari (88.7%), Bouenza (80.6%), and Lékoumou (91.7%). Kolélas won a first round majority only in the Pool Region (64.4%), although he also won a plurality in Brazzaville, the capital (29.9%). Sassou-Nguesso dominated the north, winning first round majorities in Plateaux (57.6%) and Likouala (58.5%) and pluralities in Cuvette (47.9%) and Sangha (41.9%). Tchicaya and Yhombi-Opango made strong showings in certain regions—the former won 28% of the vote (behind Lissouba's 40%) in Kouilou Region, which includes Pointe-Noire, the country's second largest city, and the latter won 27% of the vote in Cuvette Region.[1]

With Sassou-Nguesso's support, Lissouba defeated Kolélas in the second round with 61% of the vote. Lissouba won all regions in the second round except Brazzaville, Pool, and Kouilou.[1]

Voter turnout was 59.6% in the first round and 61.6% in the second.[2]


Candidate Party First round Second round
Votes % Votes %
Pascal Lissouba Pan-African Union for Social Democracy 282,020 35.89 506,395 61.32
Bernard Kolélas Congolese Movement for Democracy and Integral Development 159,682 20.32 319,396 38.68
Denis Sassou-Nguesso Congolese Party of Labour 131,346 16.87
André Milongo Independent 79,979 10.18
Jean-Pierre Thystère Tchicaya Rally for Democracy and Social Progress 45,466 5.78
Joachim Yhombi-Opango Rally for Democracy and Development 27,953 3.49
Charles David Ganao Union of Democratic Forces 22,514 2.86
Paul Kaya Independent 15,277 1.94
Gongarad N'koua Patriotic Union for Democracy and Progress 5,272 0.69
Clement Mierassa Congolese Social Democratic Party 4,298 0.67
Jean-Martin M'bembé Union for Progress 3,558 0.45
Alphonse Souchlaty Poaty Republican Union for Progress 2,378 0.30
Agèle Bandou RDPSEL 980 0.12
Makangou Loukamy Friendly Union for Complete Change 649 0.08
A. C. Kouba Rally for Unity, Democracy and Liberty 413 0.05
Invalid/blank votes 8,200 - 6,036 -
Total 794,181 100 831,827 100
Source: Nohlen et al.


  1. ^ a b John F. Clark, "Congo: Transition and the Struggle to Consolidate", in Political Reform in Francophone Africa (1997), ed. John F. Clark and David E. Gardinier, pages 70–71.
  2. ^ Nohlen, D, Krennerich, M & Thibaut, B (1999) Elections in Africa: A data handbook, pp273-274 ISBN 0-19-829645-2