Jan. 10, 2003 Held


Republic of Djibouti

Election for Assemblée nationale (Djiboutian National Assembly)


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:86,482
Valid Votes:84,953
Invalid Votes:1,529

Vote Share by Party:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Union for a Presidential Majority 65 - 53,293


Union for a Democratic Change in Government - - 31,660

Election Results Modified: Aug 17, 2023

General Information

At stake in this election:

  • 65 seats in the Chamber of Deputies (Assemblée nationale)

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Ismail Omar GUELLEH
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Mohamed Dileita DILEITA
  • Assembly: Djibouti has a unicameral Chamber of Deputies (Assemblée nationale) with 65 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system to serve a 6-year term.
  • The Prime Minister is appointed by the President.
  • In the Chamber of Deputies (Assemblée nationale) 65 members are elected by plurality vote in multi-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Party: Union for a Presidential Majority (UMP)*
    • Leader: DILEITIA Mohamed Dileita
    • Seats won in this election: 65
    • Seats won in last election: N/A
  • Party: Union for a Democratic Change in Government**
    • Leader: AHMED Dini Ahmed
    • Seats won in this election: 0
    • Seats won in last election: 0

* The UMP is a pro-government bloc which consists of the People's Rally for Congress, Front for the Restoration of Unity and Democracy, National Democratic Party, and the Social Democratic People's Party.
** The UAD is the oppositional bloc which consists of the Republican Alliance for Democracy, Movement for Democratic Renewal and Development, Djiboutian Party for Development, and the Djiboutian Union for Democracy and Justice.

Last Parliamentary election:

  • Last parliamentary election was held on December 17, 1997.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 756,656 (2003)
  • Registered Voters: 178,617 (2003)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 376,058 (2003)

·         Is Djibouti a signatory to CEDAW: No

·         Has Djibouti ratified CEDAW: Yes, accession (2 December 1998)

·         Gender Quota: Yes

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 7 (following the 2003 elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 168 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A

Disability Data:

·         Is Djibouti a signatory to CRPD: No

·         Has Djibouti ratified CRPD: Yes, accession (18 June 2012)

·         Population with a disability: 113,498 (est.)

Election Modified: Aug 17, 2023

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