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Republic of Niger Presidential October 17, 1999 and November 24, 1999
At stake in this election:
  • Office of the president of Niger
Description of government structure:
  • Until it was dissolved, Niger had an 83 person National Assembly popularly elected to five-year terms by the people.
Description of electoral system:
  • The President is indirectly elected by the people of Niger to a five-year term.
  • 75 of the 83 members of the National Assembly are selected through a popular party list vote from 8 multi-seat departments, while the other 8 are selected by plurality from single seat minority communities. All members are elected to five-year terms.
  • Parliamentary elections and the second round of Presidential elections are planned for November 24, 1999.
Results of the election for president:
  • Presidential Candidate: Tandja MAMADOU
    Party: The National Movement for the Development Society (MNSD)
    Valid Votes Received: 617,320
    Percent of Valid Votes Received: 32.33 %

  • Presidential Candidate: Mahamadou ISSOUFOU
    Party: Party for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS)
    Valid Votes Received: 435,041
    Percent of Valid Votes Received: 22.79 %

  • Presidential Candidate: Mahamane OUSMANE
    Party: Democratic and Social Convention (CDS)
    Valid Votes Received: 429,827
    Percent of Valid Votes Received: 22.51 %

  • Presidential Candidate: Hamid ALGABID
    Party: Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP)
    Valid Votes Received: 206,763
    Percent of Valid Votes Received: 10.83 %

  • Presidential Candidate: Moumou Djermakoye ADAMOU
    Party: Alliance for Democracy and Progress (ANDP)
    Valid Votes Received: 147,979
    Percent of Valid Votes Received: 7.74 %

When was the last presidential election?
  • Presidential election last held: July 7-8, 1996
  • Results: Ibrahim Bare MAINASSARA won 52.1% of the vote thereby defeating Mahamane OUSMANE (19.8%) and Mamadou TANDJA (15.7%)
Population and number of registered voters:
  • Population: 9,962,242 (July 1999 estimate)
  • Number of registered voters: Approximately 3,100,000
Of Interest:
  • The October 1999 election was the first since the assassination of former President MAINASSARA in April 1999 and ratification of a new constitution in July 1999.
  • The Junta government led by WANKE has promised to abide by the results of the election and allow the installment of a civilian president by December 31, 1999.
  • Election turnout for the constitutional referendum was 31.16 percent.
  • Last presidential election in 1996 was disputed.
For additional information: IFES ElectionGuide Online


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