Nigerien Constituent Assembly election, 1958

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Elections for a Constituent Assembly were held in Niger on 14 December 1958. The result was a victory for the Union for the Franco-African Community (an alliance of the Nigerien Progressive Party – African Democratic Rally and the Party of the African Regrouping), which won 49 of the 60 seats.[1]


Party Votes % Seats +/–
Union for the Franco-African Community 49 +30
Sawaba 11 –30
Invalid/blank votes 9,175
Total 483,953 100 60 0
Registered voters/turnout 1,320,174 36.7
Source: African Elections Database


Following the elections, the results in the Tessaoua and Zinder constituencies, where Sawaba had won all their seats, were annulled due to irregularities. The Tessaoua seats were awarded to the UCFA, whilst a by-election was scheduled for Zinder on 27 June 1959. Ballot papers were only printed for the PPN-RDA, and due to fears of violence, Sawaba did not put up candidates, calling for a boycott instead.[2] Following the by-elections, the UCFA controlled all 60 seats.


  1. ^ Niger - Political Parties Nations Encyclopedia
  2. ^ Klaas van Walraven (2013) The Yearning for Relief: A History of the Sawaba Movement in Niger, BRILL, pp288–290