Cameroonian general election, 1988

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General elections were held in Cameroon on 24 April 1988 to elect a President and National Assembly. The country was a one-party state at the time, with the Cameroon People's Democratic Movement as the sole legal party. Its leader, incumbent Paul Biya was the only candidate in the presidential election, and was re-elected unopposed.

For the first time since 1960 voters had a choice of candidates in the National Assembly election, with two or more CPDM candidates contesting each constituency, and a total of 324 candidates running for the 180 seats in the enlarged Assembly.[1] Nevertheless, the CPDM won all 180 seats with a 90.3% turnout.[2][3]



Candidate Party Votes %
Paul Biya Cameroon People's Democratic Movement 3,321,872 100
Invalid/blank votes 42,218
Total 3,364,090 100
Registered voters/turnout 3,634,568 92.6
Source: Nohlen et al.

National Assembly[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Cameroon People's Democratic Movement 3,179,898 100 180 +60
Invalid/blank votes 102,986
Total 3,282,884 100 180 +60
Registered voters/turnout 3,634,568 90.3
Source: Nohlen et al.


  1. ^ Cameroon Inter-Parliamentary Union
  2. ^ Elections in Cameroon African Elections Database
  3. ^ Nohlen, D, Krennerich, M & Thibaut, B (1999) Elections in Africa: A data handbook, p179 ISBN 0-19-829645-2