ELECTIONS HELD IN 1999
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|Cámara de Representantes del Pueblo|
|7 March 1999|
|Elections were held for all seats in Parliament. Although general elections had previously been held in November 1993, the term of office of the outgoing members had been extended.|
|The 1999 parliamentary elections were the second free ones since the advent of multi-party politics in 1991. A total of 692 candidates from 13 parties contested the 80 seats at stake.
Unlike the previous (1993) elections, the main opposition parties led by the Social Democratic Rally (CPDS) of Mr Placido Miko, did not boycott but fielded contenders for the seats held by the ruling Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE) of President of the Republic Teodoro Obiang. During the campaign, the opposition questioned the authorities' preparedness for the elections and tactics to stifle the PDGE's opponents. Mr Miko also complained that there were not enough international observers to monitor the polling properly.
The results announced by the National Electoral Commission, gave the PDGE a landslide victory, as it increased its parliamentary majority by seven seats to arrive at 75. In this context, both the CPDS and the Popular Union (UP) party of Mr Andrés Moisés Mba Ada alleged massive fraud. The observers, however, noted that the voting process had been peaceful and that any irregularities which had taken place were not likely to affect the overall outcome.
President Teodoro Obiang took power in the 1979 military coup d'Etat. He has been widely accused of human rights abuses, and many opposition figures such as Severo Moto, the prominent opposition activist leader of the Christian Democratic Progress Party (PP), live in self-imposed exile in Madrid.
|Round no 1 (7 March 1999): Elections results|
|Number of registered electors||194 036|
|Voters||184 218 (95 %)|
|Blank or invalid ballot papers||690|
|Valid votes||183 528|
|Round no 1: Distribution of votes|
|Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE)||156 949||85.52|
|Popular Union (UP)||11 771||6.41|
|Social Democratic Rally (CPDS)||9 735||5.30|
|Others and independents||5 073||2.76|
|Round no 1: Distribution of seats|
|Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE)||75|
|Popular Union (UP)||4|
|Social Democratic Rally (CPDS)||1|
|Others and independents||0|
|Distribution of seats according to sex:|
|Percent of women:||5.00|
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