ELECTIONS HELD IN 1989
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|10 December 1989|
|Elections were held for all the seats in the new National Assembly provided for in the 1989 Constitution. No such parliamentary polling had taken place since October 1970.|
|Following general elections for a 50-member National Assembly in October 1970, this same Assembly was dissolved in April 1974 in the wake of the military coup d'Etat by which the 1960 Constitution was for its part suspended. The December 1989 parliamentary elections were held on the basis of the Constitution adopted three months earlier. They were combined with polling for President of the Republic. The sole candidate for this latter post was General Ali Saibou, Head of State since November 1987.
The single list of 93 candidates for the National Assembly was published on 2 November following the meeting of the Higher Council for National Orientation (CSON), the ruling body of the National Movement for Developing Society (Mouvement national pour la société de développement – MNSD), Niger’s sole political organization. The candidates had been chosen by a process of elimination at meetings held at local, regional and national levels. During the one-month campaign, Gen. Saibou said that he would strive to continue the national policy of self-sufficiency and economic recovery. He laid particular stress on improving general literacy, the development of water and agricultural resources, and administrative decentralization.
On polling day, the MNSD list was overwhelmingly endorsed by the electorate; women made their entry into Parliament, gaining five seats. On 18 December, Mr. Saibou was sworn in as President for a seven-year term. Two days later, the membership of the Council of Ministers was announced and, on 21 December, the newly elected National Assembly met for the first time.
|Round no 1 (10 December 1989): Elections results|
|Number of registered electors||3,508,274|
|Blank or invalid ballot papers||5,115|
|Round no 1: Distribution of votes|
|Mouvement national pour la société de développement (MNSD)||3,314,913||99.52%|
|Round no 1: Distribution of seats|
|Mouvement national pour la société de développement (MNSD)||93|
|Distribution of seats according to sex:|
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