ELECTIONS HELD IN 1994
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|2 October 1994|
|Elections were held for all the seats in Parliament following premature dissolution of this body on 10 July 1994. General elections had previously been held in January 1991.|
|On 10 July 1994, President of the Republic Miguel Trovoada dissolved the National Assembly and the date of the premature general elections was set. This action was taken amid a conflict between the President and Prime Minister Norberto Costa Alegre of the majority Democratic Convergence Party – Reflection Group (PCD-GR) over control of the State budget, which led to dismissal of the Prime Minister and formation of a new Cabinet on 8 July.
Voter turnout on polling day was reportedly close to 80%. On 5 October, the official results as announced by the national electoral commission gave the most seats to the Sao Tome and Principe Liberation Movement – Social Democratic Party (MLSTP-PSD), which had been the country’s sole party until the first pluralist elections in January 1991, when it yielded the top spot to the PCD. In a sharp reversal of fortune, the left-wing MLSTP was returned to power with 27 seats, falling only one short of absolute majority. The PCD, for its part, gained a mere 14, thus losing a total of 19 mainly to the newly founded Independent Democratic Action (ADI) group. The three other parties in contention failed to gain representation.
On 25 October, President Trovoada appointed Mr. Carlos da Graça, head of the MLSTP, Prime Minister. Three days later, the latter named a Cabinet largely composed of his fellow party members.
|Round no 1 (2 October 1994): Elections results|
|Number of registered electors||55,862|
|Blank or invalid ballot papers||3,748|
|Round no 1: Distribution of votes|
|Sao Tome and Principe Liberation Movement – Social Democratic Party (MLSTP-PSD)||10,782||37.05|
|Independent Democratic Action (ADI)||6,660||22.88|
|Democratic Convergence Party – Reflection Group (PCD-GR)||6,235||21.42|
|Round no 1: Distribution of seats|
|Sao Tome and Principe Liberation Movement – Social Democratic Party (MLSTP-PSD)||274||+6|
|Independent Democratic Action (ADI)||14||+14|
|Democratic Convergence Party – Reflection Group (PCD-GR)||14||-19|
|Distribution of seats according to sex:|
|Distribution of seats according to age:|
|Over 50 years||14|
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