Elections in Chad

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Elections in Chad includes information on election and election results in Chad.

Chad holds elections on national level for a head of state - the president - and a legislature. The president is elected for a five-year term by the people. The National Assembly (Assemblée Nationale) has 155 members, elected for a four-year term in 25 single-member constituencies and 34 multi-member constituencies. Chad is a one party dominant state with the Patriotic Salvation Movement in power, although according to the African Union, elections in Chad are generally free and fair. Human Rights Watch, however, has criticized the election process in Chad, arguing that they have problems such as electoral fraud, multiple voting, underage voting, and low voter turnout.[1]

History of elections[edit]

The current president, Idriss Déby, seized power in 1990 through a rebellion. The second election of Déby was reported by international observers to be fraudulent.[2] In 1997, parliamentary elections were held, with the MPS party of Déby winning 63 of the 125 seats existing at the time. International observers also claimed that these elections witnessed serious irregularities. In May 2001, Déby won the presidential election in the first round with 63% of the vote, but the election was considered to be fraudulent, and several opposition leaders were arrested after accusing the Chadian government of election fraud.[3] Because of prominent electoral irregularities in the previous elections in 2001 and 2006, the 2011 presidential election was boycotted by the major opposition parties, which resulted in Déby winning 89% of the vote in the first round.[4] Most recently, Déby was elected to his fifth term in 2016, after abolishing presidential term limits in 2004 by amending the Constitution of Chad.[5][6]

Latest elections[edit]

Presidential elections[edit]

Candidate Party Votes %
Idriss Déby Patriotic Salvation Movement 2,219,352 59.92
Saleh Kebzabo National Union for Democracy and Renewal 473,074 12.77
Laoukein Kourayo Médard Chadian Convention for Peace and Development 392,988 10.61
Djimrangar Dadnadji CAP-SUR 186,857 5.04
Delwa Kassiré Koumakoye 73,636 1.99
Malloum Yoboide Djeraki 67,019 1.81
Mahamat Ahmad Alhabo 58,533 1.58
Abdoulaye Mbodou Mbami 53,204 1.44
Clément Djimet Bagaou 48,471 1.31
Gali Gatta Ngothé 44,899 1.21
Brice Mbaimon Guedmbaye 36,647 0.99
Beassoumda Julien 24,125 0.65
Djividi Boukar 25,107 0.68
Invalid/blank votes 419,818
Total 4,123,730 100
Registered voters/turnout 6,252,548 65.95
Source: Constitutional Court

Parliamentary elections[edit]

Party/alliance Votes % Seats
MPS coalition Patriotic Salvation Movement 83
UNDR–PLD coalition National Union for Democracy and Renewal 10
Union for Renewal and Democracy 8
National Rally for Democracy in Chad 8
Federation, Action for the Republic 4
Democratic and Socialist Party for Alternation 2
Chadian Convention for Peace and Development 2
Union for Democracy and the Republic 2
Chadian Democratic Union 1
National Action for Development 1
New Breath for the Republic 1
Rally of People for Democratic Alternation 1
Movement of Patriotic Chadians for the Republic 1
Democratic Party of the Chadian People 1
Union of Democratic Forces/Republican Party 1
Union of Chadian Ecologists 1
African Party for Peace and Social Justice 1
Total 188
Source: EISA


  1. ^ World Report Book 2008. Human Rights Watch. <https://www.hrw.org/wr2k8/pdfs/wr2k8_web.pdf> <
  2. ^ Nohlen, D, Krennerich; M Thibaut, B (1999). Elections in Africa: A data handbook. p. 238. ISBN 0-19-829645-2.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "Chad Country Report". Freedom House. Archived from the original on 26 November 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Chad's president Idriss Deby re-elected amid boycott". bbc.com. British Broadcasting Corporation. 10 May 2011. Archived from the original on 2016-11-26. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  5. ^ Nako, Madjiasra (10 April 2016). "Chad holds presidential election as Deby vies to extend rule". reuters.com. Thomson Reuters. Archived from the original on 2016-11-26. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  6. ^ "The World Factbook - Chad". cia.gov. United States Central Intelligence Agency. Archived from the original on 2016-11-26. Retrieved 26 November 2016.

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