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Elections in Benin
 
Political Profile
Political System: Democracy
President: Yayi Boni [since 6 April 2006; elected 2006, re-elected 2011] The President is elected by direct popular vote for a 5-year term. Electoral System: Two Round (Run-off).
Prime Minister: Pascal Koupaki (UDBN) [since 28 May 2011] The Prime Minister is appointed by the President.
National Assembly [unicameral] (83 Seats) Members are elected by direct popular vote in multi-member constituencies using the party-list proportional representation system; members serve 4-year terms.
Political Situation since Independence
1960-1961 Emerging Democracy
1961-1963 [De-Facto] One Party State (PDU)
1963-1964 Military Regime
1964-1965 [De-Facto] One Party State (PDD)
1965-1968 Military Regime
1968-1969 Restricted Democratic Practice
1969-1970 Military Regime
1970-1972 Restricted Democratic Practice
1972-1975 Military Regime
1975-1990 One Party State (PRPB)
1990-1991 Multiparty Transition
1991-        Democracy
2012 Freedom House Rating: Political Rights - 2, Civil Liberties - 2, Status: Free
Next Scheduled Presidential Election: 2016
Next Scheduled National Assembly Election: 2015
Political Parties: AC - Chameleon Alliance, ADP - Alliance for Democracy in Progress, AFP - Alliance of Progress Forces, ANAD - National Alliance for a Democratic Alternative, AR - Renewal Alliance, ASD - Alliance for Social Democracy, BGLD - Builders and Managers of Freedom and Development, BSD - Bloc for Social Democracy, CAD - African Congress of Democrats, CAR-Dunya - African Congress for Renewal, CBE - Coalition for an Emerging Benin, CPP - Congress of People for Progress, ENVOL - Envol Movement, FARD-Alafia - Action Front for Renewal and Development, FC - Key Force, FCBE - Cauri Forces for an Emerging Benin, FE - Hope Force, IPD - Impulse for Progress and Democracy, Les Verts - The Greens, MADEP - African Movement for Democracy and Progress, MAP - Movement for the People Alternative, MDC - Movement for Development by the Culture, MDS - Movement for Development and Solidarity, MERCI - Movement for Citizens' Commitment and Awakening, MNDD - National Movement for Democracy and Development, MSUP - Movement for Solidarity, Union, and Progress, NA - New Alliance, NCC - Our Common Cause, NG - New Generation, PCB - Communist Party of Benin (far-left), PDB - Democratic Party of Benin, PDD - Dahomeyan Democratic Party, PDPS - Party for Democracy and Social Progress, PDU - Dahomeyan Unity Party, PND - Dahomey Nationalist Party, PNDD - National Party for Democracy and Development, PNT - National Labor Party, PRB [RB] - Renaissance Party of Benin, PRD - Republican Party of Dahomey, PRD - Democratic Renewal Party, PRD-NG - Awakening Party of Democrats of the New Generation, PRPB - Benin People's Revolutionary Party, PS - Salute Party, PSD - Social Democratic Party, PUR - Party for Republican Union, RAPS - African Rally for Progress and Solidarity, RDD - Dahomeyan Democratic Rally, RDD-Nassara - Democratic Rally for Development, RDL-Hêviosso - Rally of Liberal Democrats-Hêviosso, RDL-Vivoten - Rally of Liberal Democrats for National Reconstruction-Vivoten, RDP - Rally for Democracy and Progress, RE - Restore Hope, RND - National Rally for Democracy, RP - Patriotic Awakening, RUND - National Rally for Unity and Democracy, UBF - Union for the Benin of the Future, UDBN - Union for the Development of New Benin, UDD - Dahomeyan Democratic Union, UDES - Democratic Union for Social and Economic Development, UDRN - Union for Democracy and National Reconstruction, UDRS - Democratic Union for Social Renewal, UDS - Union for Democracy and National Solidarity, UDSN - Union for Democracy and National Solidarity, UFD - Union of Democratic Forces, UNDP - National Union for Democracy and Progress, UNSP - National Union for Solidarity and Progress, UPR - Union for Relief, URP - Popular Republican Union.
Coalitions: Alliance for a Dynamic Democracy (ADD) [Contested the 2007 National Assembly Election] Member parties include the Renaissance Party of Benin (RB), African Movement for Democracy and Progress (MADEP), Social Democratic Party (PSD), Democratic Rally for Development (RDD-Nassara), and the Union of Democratic Forces (UFD); National Party for Democracy and Development-Democratic Renewal Party (PNDD-PRD) [Contested the 1991 National Assembly Election]; Social Democratic Party-National Union for Solidarity and Progress (PSD-UNSP) [Contested the 1991 National Assembly Election]; National Movement for Democracy and Development-Movement for Solidarity, Union, and Progress-Union for Democracy and National Reconstruction (MNDD-MSUP-UDRN) [Contested the 1991 National Assembly Election]; Alliance for Social Democracy-Bloc for Social Democracy (ASD-BSD) [Contested the 1991 National Assembly Election]; Alliance for Democracy and Progress-Democratic Union for Social Renewal (ADP-UDRS) [Contested the 1991 National Assembly Election]; Popular Republican Union-National Labor Party (URP-PNT) [Contested the 1991 National Assembly Election]; Minor political parties supporting President Nicéphore Soglo [Contested the 1995 National Assembly Election] Member parties include the African Rally for Progress and Solidarity (RAPS), Alliance for Social Democracy (ASD), National Movement for Democracy and Development (MNDD), National Union for Solidarity and Progress (UNSP), New Generation (NG), and Union for Democracy and National Solidarity (UDSN); Star Alliance (Alliance Étoile) [Contested the 1999 and 2003 National Assembly Elections] Builders and Managers of Freedom and Democracy (BGLD), The Greens (Les Verts), and the Union for Democracy and National Solidarity (UDSN); Presidential Movement (MP) [Contested the 2003 National Assembly Election] Member parties include the Union for the Benin of the Future (UBF), African Movement for Democracy and Progress (MADEP), Key Force (FC), Movement for Development by the Culture-Salute Party-Congress of People for Progress Alliance (Alliance MDC-PS-CPP), Impulse for Progress and Democracy (IPD), Alliance of Progress Forces (AFP), Movement for Development and Solidarity (MDS), and Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP); Movement for Development by the Culture-Salute Party-Congress of People for Progress Alliance (Alliance MDC-PS-CPP) [Contested the 2003 National Assembly Election as part of the Presidential Movement (MP)]; New Benin Alliance (ABN) [Contested the 2006 Presidential Election] A coalition of political parties that supported Bruno Amoussou's candidacy; Union for the Triumph of Democratic Renewal (UTRD) [Contested the 1991 Presidential and National Assembly Elections] A coalition of political parties that supported Nicéphore Soglo; Union Makes the Nation (UN) [Contested the 2011 Presidential and National Assembly Elections] Member parties include the Democratic Renewal Party (PRD), Social Democratic Party (PSD), Renaissance Party of Benin (RB), Key Force (FC), and the African Movement for Democracy and Progress (MADEP).
 
 
Election Results
 
 
Presidential
--Single Party: 1964
--Multiparty: 1960, 1968 (May), 1968 (July), 1970, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011
Legislative
--Single Party: 1964, 1979, 1984, 1989
--Multiparty: 1957, 1959, 1960, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011
Referendums: 1958, 1964, 1968, 1990
 
 
31 March 1957 Territorial Assembly Election

Registered Voters

Not Available

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

Not Available

Party Number of Seats (60)
Republican Party of Dahomey (PRD) 35
Dahomeyan Democratic Union (UDD) 7
Democratic Movement of Dahomey (MDD) 6
Independents 12
 
28 September 1958 Constitutional Referendum
Main Points: Approval of the constitution meant internal autonomy within the "French Community." France agreed to grant independence to any territory that rejected the proposed constitution.
Ballot Question: Do you approve the Constitution proposed by the Government of the Republic?

Registered Voters

775,170

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

413,407 (53.3%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

    3,198

Total Valid Votes

428,209

Results Number of Votes % of Votes
"Yes" Votes 418,963 97.84%
"No" Votes 9,246 2.16%
 

Registered Voters

Not Available

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

Not Available (N/A)

Invalid/Blank Votes

Not Available

Total Valid Votes

369,995

Party Number of Votes % of Votes Number of Seats (70)
Republican Party of Dahomey (PRD) 144,038 38.93% 37
Dahomey Democratic Rally (RDD) 63,383 17.13% 22
Dahomeyan Democratic Union (UDD) 162,574 43.94% 11
*After the election, the Republican Party of Dahomey (PRD) and the Dahomeyan Democratic Union (UDD) agreed to divide the seats of one constituency. The resulting final composition was PRD - 28, UDD - 20, and the RDD - 22.
 
11 December 1960 Presidential & National Assembly Election* [Detailed Results]

Registered Voters

971,012

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

689,233 (71.0%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

    6,982

Total Valid Votes

682,251

Party Number of Votes % of Votes Number of Seats (60)
Dahomeyan Unity Party (PDU) 468,679 68.70% 60
Dahomeyan Democratic Union (UDD) 213,572 31.30% -
*The electoral law prescribed the direct election of President and Vice President as the top candidates of the party-list winning the National Assembly elections by a plurality. A month prior to the election, the Dahomeyan Democratic Rally (RDD) of Hubert Maga and the Dahomey Nationalist Party (PND) of Sourou-Migan Apithy merged to form the Dahomeyan Unity Party (PDU). As heads of winning party-list, Maga was elected President and Apithy Vice-President.
 
5 January 1964 Constitutional Referendum
Main Points: Presidential System of Government, No Presidential Term Limits, Unicameral Legislature

Registered Voters

1,051,614

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

   968,229 (92.1%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

          619

Total Valid Votes

   967,610

Results Number of Votes % of Votes
"Yes" Votes 966,292 99.86%
"No" Votes 1,318 0.14%
 
19 January 1964 Presidential & National Assembly Election

Registered Voters

1,055,910

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

Not Available (N/A)

Invalid/Blank Votes

Not Available

Total Valid Votes

   995,929

Party Number of Votes % of Votes Number of Seats (42)
Dahomeyan Democratic Party (PDD) 995,929 100.00% 42
*The electoral law prescribed the direct election of President and Vice President as the top candidates of the party-list winning the National Assembly elections by a plurality. As heads of Dahomeyan Democratic Party's (PDD) list, Sourou-Migan Apithy was elected President and Justin Ahomadegbé-Tomêtin Vice-President (and Head of Government).
 
31 March 1968 Constitutional Referendum
Main Points: Presidential System of Government, Unicameral Legislature, No Presidential Term Limits

Registered Voters

1,126,155

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

   922,050 (82.6%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

       3,221

Total Valid Votes

   918,829

Results Number of Votes % of Votes
"Yes" Votes 847,212 92.20%
"No" Votes 71,617 7.80%
 
5 May 1968 Presidential Election*

Registered Voters

1,138,388

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

   295,667 (26.0%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

       8,275

Total Valid Votes

   287,392

Candidate Number of Votes % of Votes
Basile Adjou 241,273 83.95%
Urbain Karim da Silva 19,319 6.72%
Eustache Prudencio 11,359 3.95%
Paul Hazoumé 11,091 3.86%
Jean-Baptiste Vierin 4,350 1.51%
*Due to low voter turnout, the election was annulled by the military government.
 
28 July 1968 Presidential Plebiscite*
Main Points: Endorsement of Émile Derlin Zinsou as president.

Registered Voters

1,140,378

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

   828,076 (72.6%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

       3,269

Total Valid Votes

   824,807

Results Number of Votes % of Votes
"Yes" Votes 630,018 73.68%
"No" Votes 194,789 26.32%
*Following the annulled election of 5 May 1968, the military authorities appointed Émile Derlin Zinsou President. He accepted under the condition that a plebiscite be held on the issue. 
 
9-29 March 1970 Presidential Election* [Results by Province]

Registered Voters

997,226

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

565,347 (56.7%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

  18,223

Total Valid Votes

547,124

Candidate Number of Votes % of Votes
Justin Ahomadegbé-Tomêtin 200,092 36.57%
Sourou-Migan Apithy 176,828 32.32%
Hubert Maga 152,551 27.88%
Émile Derlin Zinsou 17,653 3.23%
*The election was held in five of the six provinces at four-day intervals beginning on 9 March 1970. The sixth province, Atakora, was scheduled to vote on 29 March, but the military government postponed and later annulled the election under the pretext of growing political violence and electoral irregularities.
 
Single Party Elections
Sole Legal Party: Benin People's Revolutionary Party (PRPB)
20 November 1979 National Revolutionary Assembly Election (336 Seats)

Registered Voters

1,582,910

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

1,275,461 (80.6%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

       5,410

Total Valid Votes

1,270,051

"Yes" Votes

1,248,613 (98.31%)

"No" Votes

     21,438   (1.69%)

10 June 1984 National Revolutionary Assembly Election (196 Seats)

Registered Voters

1,987,173

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

1,851,044 (93.1%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

       5,119

Total Valid Votes

1,845,925

“Yes” Votes

1,811,808 (98.15%)

“No” Votes

     27,720   (1.50%)

Abstentions

       6,397   (0.35%)

18 June 1989 National Revolutionary Assembly Election (206 Seats)

Registered Voters

2,200,815

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

Not Available (N/A)

Invalid/Blank Votes

Not Available

Total Valid Votes

1,892,701

“Yes” Votes

1,695,860 (89.60%)

“No” Votes

   164,665   (8.70%)

Abstentions

     32,176   (1.70%)

Note: Mathieu Kérékou was elected President without opposition by the National Revolutionary Assembly on 6 February 1980. He was re-elected on 31 July 1984 and 2 August 1989.
 
2 December 1990 Constitutional Referendum*
Main Points: Multiparty System, Presidential Age Limits

Registered Voters

2,052,105

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

1,304,870 (63.6%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

     40,229

Total Valid Votes

1,264,641

Results Number of Votes % of Votes
"Yes" Votes 1,178,924 93.22%

Age Limits (926,860)
73.29%
No Age Limits (252,064) 19.93%
"No" Votes 85,717 6.78%
*Voters were ask to choose between two versions of the Constitution, one of which incorporated a clause stipulating upper and lower age-limits for presidential candidates.
 
17 February 1991 National Assembly Election

Registered Voters

2,069,343

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

1,069,367 (51.7%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

     39,350

Total Valid Votes

1,030,017

Party/[Coalition] Number of Votes % of Votes Number of Seats (64)
Union for the Triumph of Democratic Renewal [UTRD] 194,213 18.86% 12
National Party for Democracy and Development-Democratic Renewal Party [PNDD-PRD] 120,705 11.72% 9
Social Democratic Party-National Union for Solidarity and Progress [PSD-UNSP] 101,348 9.84% 8
National Rally for Democracy (RND) 124,392 12.08% 7
Our Common Cause (NCC) 104,347 10.13% 6
National Movement for Democracy and Development-Movement for Solidarity, Union, and Progress-Union for Democracy and National Reconstruction [MNDD-MSUP-UDRN] 86,556 8.40% 6
Union for Democracy and National Solidarity (UDS) 72,899 7.08% 5
Rally of Liberal Democrats for National Reconstruction-Vivoten (RDL-Vivoten) 57,852 5.62% 4
Alliance for Social Democracy-Bloc for Social Democracy [ASD-BSD] 35,700 3.47% 3
Alliance for Democracy and Progress-Democratic Union for Social Renewal [ADP-UDRS] 38,684 3.76% 2
National Union for Democracy and Progress (UNDP) 31,601 3.07% 1
Popular Republican Union-National Labor Party [URP-PNT] 20,490 1.99% 1
Democratic Union for Social and Economic Development (UDES) 25,893 2.51% -
Builders and Managers of Freedom and Development (BGLD) 15,337 1.49% -
 
March 1991 Presidential Election
First Round (10 March 1991)*

Registered Voters

2,064,311

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

1,162,515 (56.3%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

     18,902

Total Valid Votes

1,143,613

Second Round (24 March 1991)

Registered Voters

2,050,000 (approx.)

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

Not Available (approx. 64%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

Not Available

Total Valid Votes

1,290,047

Candidate (Party) [Coalition] First Round Second Round
Number of Votes % of Votes Number of Votes % of Votes
Nicéphore Soglo [UTRD] 415,262 36.31% 873,790 67.73%
Mathieu Kérékou 310,978 27.19% 416,257 32.27%
Albert Tévoédjré (NCC) 162,498 14.21% - -
Bruno Amoussou (PSD) 65,999 5.77% - -
Adrien Houngbédji (PRD) 51,888 4.54% - -
Moise Mensah 39,250 3.43% - -
Sévérin Adjovi (RDL-Vivoten) 29,854 2.61% - -
Bertin Borna 18,484 1.62% - -
Idelphonse Lemon 11,297 0.99% - -
Assani Fassassi 10,334 0.90% - -
Gatien Houngbédji (UDES) 10,210 0.89% - -
Robert Dossou (ASD) 9,551 0.84% - -
Thomas Goudou (BGLD) 8,008 0.70% - -
*There are conflicting figures regarding this election, but the results that appear in the table above are the most reliable. A side-by-side comparison of the differing results can be found here.
 
28 March 1995 National Assembly Election*

Registered Voters

2,536,234

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

1,922,553 (75.8%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

     43,361

Total Valid Votes

1,876,192

Party/[Coalition] Number of Seats (83)
Renaissance Party of Benin (PRB) 21
Presidential Tendency** 11

Union for Democracy and National Solidarity (UDS)
5
New Generation [NG] 2
Alliance for Social Democracy (ASD) 1
National Movement for Democracy and Development (MNDD) 1
African Rally for Progress and Solidarity (RAP) 1
National Union for Democracy and Progress (UNDP) 1
Democratic Renewal Party (PRD) 19
Action Front for Renewal and Development (FARD-Alafia) 10
Social Democratic Party (PSD) 8
Rally of Liberal Democrats for National Reconstruction-Vivoten (RDL-Vivoten) 3
Our Common Cause (NCC) 3
Impulse for Progress and Democracy [IPD] 3
Communist Party of Benin (PCB) 1
Alliance for Democracy and Development (ADD) 1
Alliance for Democracy and Progress (ADP) 1
Chameleon Alliance [AC] 1
Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) 1
*The Constitutional Court invalidated results affecting 13 seats due to multiple irregularities. Partial elections were held on 28 May 1995 to fill those seats.
**The Presidential Tendency was not a formal coalition. It was, instead, a grouping of parties that supported President Soglo.
 
March 1996 Presidential Election
First Round (3 March 1996)*

Registered Voters

2,517,970

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

2,211,677 (87.8%)

Invalid/Annulled Votes

   540,653

Total Valid Votes

1,671,024

Second Round (18 March 1996)

Registered Voters

2,524,262

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

1,958,855 (77.6%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

     54,776

Total Valid Votes

1,904,079

Candidate (Party) First Round Second Round
Number of Votes % of Votes Number of Votes % of Votes
Nicéphore Soglo (RB) 596,371 35.69% 904,626 47.51%
Mathieu Kérékou 567,084 33.94% 999,453 52.49%
Adrien Houngbédji (PRD) 329,364 19.71% - -
Bruno Amoussou (PSD) 129,731 7.76% - -
Pascal Fontondji (PCB) 17,977 1.08% - -
Lionel Agbo 15,418 0.92% - -
Léandre Djagoué 15,079 0.90% - -
*The distribution of spoilt ballots (540,653) was as follows: Invalid (45,980); Votes annulled by the Constitutional Court (494,673).
 
30 March 1999 National Assembly Election

Registered Voters

2,533,399

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

1,776,108 (70.1%)

Party/[Coalition] Number of Seats (83)
Renaissance Party of Benin (RB) 27
Democratic Renewal Party (PRD) 11
Action Front for Renewal and Development (FARD-Alafia) 10
Social Democratic Party (PSD) 9
African Movement for Democracy and Progress (MADEP) 6
Star Alliance [AE] 4
Impulse for Progress and Democracy [IPD] 4
African Congress for Renewal (CAR-Dunya) 3
Movement for Citizens' Commitment and Awakening (MERCI) 2
Suru Alliance [SURU] 1
Democratic Party of Benin (PDB) 1
National Rally for Unity and Democracy (RUND) 1
National Party "Together" (PNE) 1
Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) 1
Salute Party (PS) 1
Rally for Progress and Renewal-National Union for Solidarity and Development [RPR-UNSD] 1
 
March 2001 Presidential Election
First Round (4 March 2001)

Registered Voters

3,034,471

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

2,662,595 (87.7%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

   181,066

Total Valid Votes

2,481,529

Second Round (18 March 2001)

Registered Voters

3,152,365

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

1,707,604 (54.2%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

   173,809

Total Valid Votes

1,533,795

Candidate (Party) First Round Second Round
Number of Votes % of Votes Number of Votes % of Votes
Mathieu Kérékou (FARD-Alafia) 1,127,100 45.42% 1,282,855 83.64%
Nicéphore Soglo (RB) 672,927 27.12% *
Adrien Houngbédji (PRD) 313,186 12.62% *
Bruno Amoussou (PSD) 213,136 8.59% 250,940 16.36%
Sacca Lafia (UDS) 29,656 1.20% - -
François-Xavier Loko 16,656 0.67% - -
Soulé Dankoro (PDB) 15,614 0.63% - -
Adébayo Abimbola (RND) 15,251 0.61% - -
Wallis Zoumarou (UNSP) 13,576 0.55% - -
Rhétice Dagba 12,697 0.51% - -
Marie-Elise Gbèdo 8,952 0.36% - -
Léandre Djagoué (RDL-Vivoten) 8,565 0.35% - -
Lionel Adbo (CAD) 8,226 0.33% - -
Gatien Houngbédji (UDES) 8,092 0.33% - -
Olofindji Akandé 6,258 0.25% - -
Sadikou Alao (ANAD) 6,223 0.25% - -
François Kouyami 5,414 0.22% - -
*Both Nicéphore Soglo and Adrien Houngbédji boycotted the second round of the election citing electoral irregularities.
 
30 March 2003 National Assembly Election

Registered Voters

3,084,422

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

1,724,093 (55.9%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

   237,819

Total Valid Votes

1,486,274

Party/[Coalition] Number of Seats (83)
Presidential Movement [MP] 52

Union for the Benin of the Future (UBF)
31
African Movement for Democracy and Progress (MADEP) 9
Key Force (FC) 5
Movement for Development by the Culture-Salute Party-Congress of People for Progress Alliance [Alliance MDC-PS-CPP] 2
Impulse for Progress and Democracy (IPD) 2
Alliance of Progress Forces (AFP) 1
Movement for Development and Solidarity (MDS) 1
Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) 1
Opposition 31

Renaissance Party of Benin (RB)
15
Democratic Renewal Party (PRD) 11
Star Alliance [AE] 3
The New Alliance [LNA] 2
 
March 2006 Presidential Election
First Round (5 March 2006)*

Registered Voters

3,917,865

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

3,200,944 (81.7%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

   186,777

Total Valid Votes

3,014,167

Second Round (19 March 2006)**

Registered Voters

3,919,550

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

2,725,634 (69.5%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

     69,564

Total Valid Votes

2,656,070

Candidate (Party) [Coalition] First Round Second Round
Number of Votes % of Votes Number of Votes % of Votes
Yayi Boni 1,074,308 35.78% 1,979,305 74.60%
Adrien Houngbédji (PRD) 727,239 24.22% 673,937 25.40%
Bruno Amoussou (PSD) [ABN] 489,122 16.29% - -
Léhadi Soglo (RB) 253,478 8.44% - -
Antoine Kolawolé Idji (MADEP) 97,595 3.25% - -
Lazare Sèhouéto (MAP) 61,195 2.04% - -
Sévérin Adjovi (RDL-Vivoten) 53,304 1.78% - -
Antoine Dayori (FE) 37,436 1.25% - -
Kamarou Fassassi (PRD-NG) 29,494 0.98% - -
Janvier Yahouédéhou 23,054 0.77% - -
Luc Gnacadja (ENVOL) 20,269 0.68% - -
Daniel Tawéma (FARD-Alafia) 18,125 0.60% - -
Ibrahima Idrissou (RUND) 18,106 0.60% - -
Richard Sènou 15,672 0.52% - -
Soulé Dankoro (PDB) 9,929 0.33% - -
Marie-Elise Gbèdo 9,815 0.33% - -
Célestine Zanou 9,474 0.32% - -
Lionel Agbo (CAD) 9,026 0.30% - -
Zul Kifl Salami 8,538 0.28% - -
Richard Adjaho 7,448 0.25% - -
Gatien Houngbédji (UDES) 6,544 0.22% - -
Adolphe Djimon Hodonou 6,512 0.22% - -
Galiou Soglo 5,243 0.17% - -
Léandre Djagoué (RDL-Hêviosso) 4,665 0.15% - -
Marcel Gbaguidi 3,479 0.12% - -
Raphiou Toukourou 3,419 0.11% - -
*Official results published by the Constitutional Court state that 3,014,167 valid votes were cast, but the distribution of votes among candidates totals 3,002,489 (a difference of 11,678 votes). Percentage figures in the table are based on the latter number of valid votes cast.
**Official results published by the Constitutional Court state that 2,656,070 valid votes were cast, but the distribution of votes among candidates totals 2,653,242 (a difference of 2,828 votes). Percentage figures in the table are based on the latter number of valid votes cast.
 
31 March 2007 National Assembly Election

Registered Voters

3,900,000 (approx.)

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

Not Available (approx. 59%)

Party/[Coalition] Number of Seats (83)
Cauri Forces for an Emerging Benin (FCBE) 35
Alliance for a Dynamic Democracy [ADD] 20
Democratic Renewal Party (PRD) 10
Key Force (FC) 4
Union for Relief (UPR) 3
National Union for Democracy and Progress (UNDP) 2
Hope Force (FE) 2
Coalition for an Emerging Benin (CBE) 2
Renewal Alliance (AR) 2
Alliance of Progress Forces (AFP) 1
Party for Democracy and Social Progress (PDPS) 1
Restore Hope (RE) 1
 
13 March 2011 Presidential Election

Registered Voters

3,668,558

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

3,111,833 (84.8%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

   139,388

Total Valid Votes

2,972,445

Candidate (Party) [Coalition] Number of Votes % of Votes
Yayi Boni 1,579,550 53.14%
Adrien Houngbédji (PRD) [UN] 1,059,396 35.64%
Abdoulaye Bio Tchané 182,484 6.14%
Issa Salifou (UPR) 37,219 1.25%
Christian Lagnidé 19,221 0.65%
Janvier Yahouédéhou (RP) 16,591 0.56%
Jean Yves Sinzogan 13,561 0.46%
Marie-Elise Gbèdo 12,017 0.40%
Victor Topanou (PUR) 11,516 0.39%
Kessilé Tchalla 9,469 0.32%
Cyr M'Po Kouagou 9,285 0.31%
Antoine Dayori (FE) 8,426 0.28%
Salomon Joseph Biokou 7,893 0.27%
Joachim Dahissiho 5,817 0.20%
Note: The political party affiliations of certain candidates has proven difficult to determine.
 
30 April 2011 National Assembly Election

Registered Voters

3,629,837

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

Not Available (N/A)

Party/[Coalition] Number of Seats (83)
Cauri Forces for an Emerging Benin (FCBE) 41
Union Makes the Nation [UN] 30
Amana Alliance 2
G13 Baobab Alliance 2
Union for Benin (UB) 2
Strength in Unity Alliance (AFU) 2
Hope Force-Union for Relief [FE-UPR] 2
Cauris 2 Alliance 2