Chadian presidential election, 1996

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Presidential elections were held in Chad on 2 June 1996, with a second round on 3 July. They were the first multiparty presidential elections in the history of Chad and occurred at the end of a long transitional process after repeated delays. The elections were won by the incumbent President Idriss Déby, who easily defeated a prominent southern politician, Wadel Abdelkader Kamougué, in the second round. Déby benefited from the support of another southern politician, Saleh Kebzabo, who was placed third in the first round. The election was marred by widespread and credible reports of electoral fraud and government intimidation of opposition forces, confirmed by international observers. Voter turnout was 67.5% in the first round and 77.7% in the second.[1]

Following his victory, Déby was sworn in on 8 August 1996.[2]


Candidate Party First round Second round
Votes % Votes %
Idriss Déby Patriotic Salvation Movement 1,016,277 43.82 2,102,907 69.09
Wadel Abdelkader Kamougué Union for Renewal and Democracy 287,512 12.39 834,568 30.91
Saleh Kebzabo National Union for Democracy and Renewal 199,691 8.61
Jean Alingué Bawoyeu Union for Democracy and the Republic 192,816 8.30
Lol Mahamat Choua Rally for Democracy and Progress 137,612 5.93
Younous Ibédou Convention of Social-Democrat Chadians 76,263 3.29
Adoum Moussa Seif National Convention for Social Democracy 67,496 2.91
Abdoulaye Lamana National Union 63,671 2.74
Delwa Kassiré Koumakoye National Rally for Development and Progress 53,260 2.29
Ngarlejy Yorongar Federation, Action for the Republic 48,407 2.08
Mahamat Abdoulaye People's Movement for Democracy in Chad 47,830 2.06
Abbas Mahamat Ambadi Independent 37,568 1.62
Naimbaye Lossimian Action for the Republic, Democracy and Development 35,420 1.52
Adoum Hassan Issa National Union for the Reform of Chad 28,877 1.24
Elie Romba Democratic Union for Progress in Chad 26,008 1.12
Invalid/blank votes 88,224 69,699
Total 2,406,962 100 3,007,174 100
Registered voters/turnout 3,565,913 67.50 3,871,044 77.68
Source: Nohlen et al.


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen, Michael Krennerich & Bernard Thibaut (1999) Elections in Africa: A data handbook, p238 ISBN 0-19-829645-2
  2. ^ LE PRÉSIDENT DÉBY VEUT FAIRE PLUS ENCORE Archived February 28, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Diplomat Investissement, March–April 2006, p9