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Parliament name (generic / translated) Parlamento / Parliament
Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name (generic / translated) Senado / Senate
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Cámara de los Diputados / Chamber of Deputies
Dates of election / renewal (from/to) 12 November 2017
Purpose of elections President Teodoro Obiang Nguema's Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE) and its allies swept all but one of the seats in the 100-member Chamber of Deputies and all the 55 elected seats in the 70-member Senate (see note 1). President Teodoro Obiang Nguema , 74, in power since 1979, is one of the world's longest serving Heads of State. The Citizens' Party for Innovation (CI), led by former Lieutenant-Colonel Gabriel Nse Obiang Obono (see note 2), took the one remaining seat. The opposition parties denounced multiple "frauds" and "irregularities".

During the election campaign, the PDGE ran on the government's record, citing programmes on health and education. Military personnel were reportedly assaulted by CI militants. The President condemned the violence.

Note 1:
The statutory number of members of the Senate is 70: 55 directly elected and 15 appointed by the President. However, the Senate may comprise ex-officio members, whose number varies during the legislature. The total number of senators may thus be higher than 70.

Note 2:
The CI leader himself did not stand for election, after May 2017 court decision found him guilty of "gross insults" to the PDGE, and sentenced him to 6 months in prison. The court ruling also prohibited him from engaging in political activity for an indefinite period.
Date of previous elections: 26 May 2013

Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature: 15 September 2017

Timing of election: Early elections

Expected date of next elections: November 2022

Number of seats at stake: 55 (full renewal)

Number of candidates: Not available.

Percentage of women candidates: Not available.

Number of parties contesting the election: 3

Number of parties winning seats: 1

Alternation of power: No

Number of parties in government: 1

Names of parties in government: Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE)

Date of the first session of the new parliament: 12 January 2018

Name of the new Speaker: Ms. María Teresa Efua Asangono (Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea, PDGE)
Voter turnout
Round no 112 November 2017
Number of registered electors
Blank or invalid ballot papers
Valid votes
273'502 (84.01%)

Distribution of votes
Round no 1
Political Group Candidates Votes %
Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE) and its allies
Distribution of seats
Round no 1
Political Group Total
Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE) and its allies 55
Distribution of seats according to sex
Percent of women
Distribution of seats according to age
Distribution of seats according to profession
As at 16 January 2018, eleven of the 72 senators were women, assigned as follows:
- Five were among the 55 directly elected members;
- Five were among the 15 members appointed by the President; and
- One was the Speaker (among the two ex-officio members).

Senate (16.11.2018, 16.01.2018)
Acta de proclamación de los candidatos electos

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