Feb. 18, 2016 Held


Republic of Uganda

Election for Parliament (Ugandan National Assembly)


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:10,329,131
Valid Votes:10,329,131
Invalid Votes:None

Vote Share by Party:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

National Resistance Movement 293

Independents (Independents) 66

Forum for Democratic Change 36

Democratic Party (Democratic Party) 15

Uganda People's Defense Force (Uganda People's Defense Force) 10

Uganda People's Congress 6

Election Results Modified: Jun 08, 2016

General Information

Republic of Uganda: Parliament, 18 February 2016

At stake in this election:

  • 290 seats in the National Assembly

Note on the results: Voter figures above were taken from the presidential election vote counts and are an approximation.

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Yoweri Kaguta MUSEVENI (since 26 January 1986)
  • Head of Government: President Yoweri Kaguta MUSEVENI (since 26 January 1986)
  • Assembly: Uganda has a unicameral Parliament with 375 seats.[1]

Description of electoral system:

  • In Parliament, 281[2] members are directly elected by simple majority vote in single-seat constituencies to serve a five-year term. An additional 112 seats are reserved for women, elected in single-seat constituencies by simple majority vote to serve a five-year term. Another 25 seats are reserved for representatives of special interest groups to serve a five-year term.[3] Finally, 13 parliamentarians serve as ex-officio members.

Last Election:

  • The last parliamentary election in Uganda was held on 18 February 2011. The ruling National Resistance Movement won an absolute majority of seats in Parliament, winning 263 of the total seats in Parliament, while the opposition Forum for Democratic Change won 34 seats.

Main parties in the election:

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 37,101,745 (July 2015 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 15,277,196 (10 December 2015)

Gender Data:

  • Female Population: 18,670,877 (July 2015 est.)
  • Is Uganda a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (30 July 1980)
  • Has Uganda ratified CEDAW: Yes (22 July 1985)
  • Gender Quota: Yes, 112 seats are reserved in Parliament for women.
  • Female candidates in this election: Yes
  • Number of Female Parliamentarians: 131 (34.93%)
  • Human Development Index Position: 163 (2014)
  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Medium

Disability Data:

  • Is Uganda a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)
  • Has Uganda ratified CRPD: Yes (25 September 2008)
  • Population with a disability: 5,565,262 (July 2015 est.)

[1] The size of Parliament is expected to grow to 418 seats following the 2016 parliamentary elections, following the introduction of 43 new constituency seats.

[2] In the previous parliamentary election, 238 members were elected in single-member districts

[3] The current breakdown of special interest groups are as follows: Army, 10 seats; Disabled Persons, 5 seats; Youth, 5 seats; Labor, 5 seats.

Election Modified: May 10, 2024

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