On July 30, Senegalese voters will elect the 150 members of the National Assembly. In total, 47 lists of parties and coalitions will present candidates for election.
Elections in the National Assembly are divided into two portions. Ninety members of the National Assembly are elected through the majority system in the country’s 45 electoral constituencies. The other 60 seats are elected through proportional representation, with a national quota determined by dividing the number of valid ballots cast by the number of seats to be filled. Based on the total number of valid ballots cast, candidates are elected from the relevant lists in proportion to the number of quotas filled.
To help you understand this important electoral process, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Senegal: 2017 Parliamentary Elections. IFES FAQs include:
- What parties are running for the parliamentary election?
- How are these elections structured?
- What laws exist to ensure women’s representation in Parliament?
- What technology will be used?