Dec. 16, 2018 Confirmed


Togolese Republic


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At stake in this referendum:

  • An amendment to the Togolese Constitution.

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Faure GNASSINGBÉ
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Kwesi AHOOMEY-ZUNI
  • Assembly: Togo has a unicameral National Assembly (Assemblée Nationale) with 91 seats.

Electoral requirements:

  • The referendum requires a simple majority to pass.

About the referendum:

  • The referendum will be on amendments to articles 59, 60, and 100 of the Constitution. These amendments were originally a draft bill voted on in the National Assembly, and are as follows:
  • Article 59: Presidential term limits would be set to two five-year terms in office.
  • Article 60: The number of rounds in presidential elections would be changed from one to two first-past-the-post rounds. The President would be elected by absolute majority of votes cast. If no candidate received an absolute majority in the first round, the two candidates with the most votes would move on to a second round. Whoever received the most votes in that round would win the election.
  • Article 100: The makeup of the Constitutional Court would be changed. There would be nine members appointed to up to two six-year terms. Three would be appointed by the President, two elected by the National Assembly, two elected by the Senate, and two appointed by the Superior Council of the Magistracy.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 7,990,926 (2018 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 3,044,332 (2013)

Gender Data:

  • Female Population: 4,006,749 (2018 est.)
  • Is Togo a signatory to CEDAW: No 
  • Has Togo ratified CEDAW: Yes, accession (26 September 1983)
  • Gender Quota: Yes
  • Female candidates in this election: Yes
  • Number of Female Parliamentarians: 16
  • Human Development Index Position: 165 (2018)
  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Medium (2014)

Disability Data:

  • Is Togo a signatory to CRPD: Yes (23 September 2008)
  • Has Togo ratified CRPD: Yes (1 March 2011)
  • Population with a disability: 1,132,848 (2018 est.)