Oct. 17, 2021 Held

Cape Verde

Republic of Cabo Verde

Election for Cabo Verdean Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:191,119
Valid Votes:185,191
Invalid Votes:5,928

Vote Share by Candidate:

Jose Maria Pereira Neves95,803


Carlos Veiga78,474

Election Results Modified: Jan 07, 2022

General Information

At Stake in this Election:         

  • The Office of the President of Cape Verde 


Government Structure:  

  • Chief of State: Jorge Carlos FONSECA 

  • Head of Government: Jose Maria Pereira NEVES* 

  • Assembly: Cape Verde has a unicameral National Assembly (Assembleia Nacional) with 72 seats.  

*The President appoints the Prime Minister after receiving nominations from the National Assembly  


Electoral System [i]

  • The President is elected by an absolute majority vote through a two-round system to serve a 5-year term.  

  • The Prime Minister is nominated by the National Assembly and appointed by the President.  

  • In the National Assembly (Assembleia Nacional) 72 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 5-year terms** 

**There are 16 multi-member constituencies with 2-15 seats each, depending on population. Votes are tabulated using the d’Hondt method.  


Last Election:  

  • The last presidential election was held on October 2nd, 2016 [ii]. Jorge Carlos Fonseca won with 74% of the vote (91,320 votes) and there was a 35% voter turnout.  


Main Candidates in this Election [iii]:   

  • Candidate: Jose Maria NEVES 

  • Party: The African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde (PAICV) 

  • Candidate: Carlos VEIGA 

  • Party: Movement for Democracy (MPD) 


Population and Registered Voters:  

  • Population: 589,451 (July 2021 est.) [iv] 

  • Registered Voters: 392,899 (2021 est.) [v] 


Gender Data:  

  • Female Population: N/A 

  • Is Cape Verde a signatory to CEDAW: No 

  • Has Cape Verde ratified CEDAW: Yes (ratified December 5th, 1980) [vi] 

  • Gender Quota: Yes, legislated quotas. (Cape Verde’s election law requires parity in political representation through requiring “a minimum representation of 40% of each of the sexes in the candidacy lists for the collegiate bodies of power”) [vii]   

  • Female Leaders in this election: No  

  • Number of Female Legislators: 28 out of 72 [viii] 

  • Human Development Index (HDI) Position: Rank 126 at 0.665 (2020) [ix]  

  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A (as of 2019) [x] 


Disability Data:  

  • Is Cape Verde a signatory to CRPD?: Yes (March 30th, 2007) [xi] 

Election Modified: May 10, 2024

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