1979 Beninese parliamentary election

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Elections for the National Revolutionary Assembly were held in Benin on 20 November 1979. At the time, the country was a one-party state under the People's Revolutionary Party of Benin, with voters given the choice of approving the party's list of 336 candidates or not. The list was ultimately approved by 98.3% of voters, with an 80.6% turnout.[1] Following the election, Mathieu Kérékou was elected President (unopposed) by the Assembly on 6 February 1980.[2]


Choice Votes %
Approve 1,248,613 98.3
Not approve 21,438 1.7
Invalid/blank votes 5,410
Total 1,275,461 100
Registered voters/turnout 1,582,910 80.6
Source: Nohlen et al.

Assembly members[edit]

Rather than geographical constituencies, seats were divided up by professions.

Profession Seats
Civil servants 105
Peasants and craftsmen 84
Party officials 67
Military 33
Workers 33
Representatives of the middle class 8
Clergy 6


  1. ^ Nohlen, D, Krennerich, M & Thibaut, B (1999) Elections in Africa: A data handbook, p90 ISBN 0-19-829645-2
  2. ^ Elections in Benin African Elections Database