Parliamentary Chamber: Assemblée nationale


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  Assemblée nationale

Dates of elections / renewal (from/to):

  10 December 1989

Purpose of elections:

  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.

Background and outcome of elections:

  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
Voters 3,335,893 (95%)
Blank or invalid ballot papers 5,115
Valid votes 3,330,778

Round no 1: Distribution of votes  
Political Group Votes %
Mouvement national pour la société de développement (MNSD) 3,314,913 99.52%

Round no 1: Distribution of seats  
Political Group Total
Mouvement national pour la société de développement (MNSD) 93

Distribution of seats according to sex:  
Men: 88
Women: 5

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