Malian general election, 1979

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General elections were held in Mali on 19 June 1979. They followed a 1974 referendum that approved a new constitution allowing for the direct election of the President for the first time. The country was a one-party state at the time, with the Democratic Union of the Malian People (UDPM) as the sole legal party. Its leader, Moussa Traoré, who had overthrown Modibo Keïta in 1968, was the only presidential candidate, and was elected unopposed.[1] In the National Assembly elections several UDPM candidates were able to contest each seat, with 44% of the incumbent MPs defeated.[2] Voter turnout was reported to be 97%.



Candidate Party Votes %
Moussa Traoré Democratic Union of the Malian People 3,298,477 100
Invalid/blank votes 3,774
Total 3,302,251 100
Registered voters/turnout 3,397,250 97.2
Source: Nohlen et al.

National Assembly[edit]

Party Votes % Seats
Democratic Union of the Malian People 3,180,565 99.9 82
Against 4,693 0.1
Invalid/blank votes
Total 3,185,258 100 82
Registered voters/turnout 3,283,985 97.0
Source: Nohlen et al.


  1. ^ Elections in Mali African Elections Database
  2. ^ Nohlen, D, Krennerich, M & Thibaut, B (1999) Elections in Africa: A data handbook, p569 ISBN 0-19-829645-2