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Majlis Annowab (House of Representatives)

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Majlis / Parliament
Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name (generic / translated) Majlis Annowab / House of Representatives
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Majlis Alshoora / Consultative Council
Dates of election / renewal (from/to) 27 April 2003
Purpose of elections Elections were held for all the seats in Parliament on the normal expiry of the members' term of office.
On 27 April 2003, more than eight million voters elected the 301 members of the Parliament in the country's third parliamentary elections, since its unification in 1990. According to the Supreme Commission for Elections and Referendum (SCER), some 1,536 candidates, representing 22 parties and independents, contested the elections. There were only 16 female candidates, the smallest percentage ever, even though female voters make up 45% of the registered electorate.

The main parties were President Ali Abdullah Saleh's General People's Congress (GPC), the opposition Yemeni Congregation for Reform (Islah) of the Speaker of Parliament and the Yemeni Socialist Party. In the outgoing assembly, the GPC had 226 seats, Islah 62, the opposition Nasserite party three seats and the Baath party two. Independents held eight seats while the Socialist Party had no representative.

The electoral campaign was overshadowed by the US-led war on Iraq, a factor which made the atmosphere not as exciting as in earlier elections. All political parties gave priority to the fight against terrorism, but with completely different approaches. The GPC declared its intention to continue cooperating with the United States and the rest of the world in the war against terrorism, while the Islah announced that combating terrorism should be discussed and approved by legislative institutions. During the campaign, the two main parties, GPC and Islah, threw mud at each other in the media. The Islah party accused the official media of distorting its reputation, while the newspaper close to the GPC even went so far as to name the Assahwa newspaper, close to Islah, as the Taliban-Yemen mouthpiece.

Advertisement agencies were employed for the first time to produce and hang thousands of banners and posters bearing slogans of all the various parties.

Before the elections, all 22 political parties had signed a code of conduct with the aim of stopping violence during the elections. Even though violent incidents were reported, there was less election violence than in previous polls held in this country, where many people carry arms (for example, 29 people were killed in fighting related to municipal elections in 2001).

Violence erupted in several places on polling day. At least fifteen people were shot and three polling stations closed by officials due to shootouts among rival parties. The violence occurred despite a 100,000-strong military presence deployed at polling stations across the country. The polls were supervised by 175 international observers and thousands of national monitors.

Final results indicated that the People's General Congress had retained its overwhelming majority after winning 238 seats, as against 46 seats for the opposition Yemeni Congregation for Reform (Islah), 8 for the Yemeni Socialist Party, and 4 for Independents. The Nasserite Unionist Popular Organisation obtained three seats, while the Arab Baath Socialist Party won the remaining two.

On 10 May 2003, the new Parliament convened its first meeting and re-elected Sheikh Abdullah bin Hussein Al-Ahmar as its Speaker.
Voter turnout
Round no 127 April 2003
Number of registered electors
Blank or invalid ballot papers
Valid votes
6'105'696 (75.98%)
Distribution of votes
Round no 1
Political Group Candidates Votes %
General People's Congress (GPC) 3'429'888 58.01
Yemeni Congregation for Reform (Islah) 1'333'394 22.55
Yemeni Socialist Party 227'223 3.84
Nasserite Unionist Popular Organization 109'480 1.85
Arab Baath Socialist Party 40'377 0.68
Distribution of seats
Round no 1
Political Group Total
General People's Congress (GPC) 238
Yemeni Congregation for Reform (Islah) 46
Yemeni Socialist Party 8
Independents 4
Nasserite Unionist Popular Organization 3
Arab Baath Socialist Party 2
Distribution of seats according to sex
Percent of women
Distribution of seats according to age
Distribution of seats according to profession
Yemen Times
House of Representatives (25.08.2016)

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