Togolese General Election, 1979
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Togolese General Election, 1979

General elections were held in Togo on 30 December 1979, alongside a constitutional referendum that confirmed the country's status as a one-party state. Gnassingbé Eyadéma, who had led a coup in 1967, was elected President unopposed,[1] whilst the Rally of the Togolese People (the sole legal party) won all 67 seats in the National Assembly as its list of 67 candidates was approved by voters.[2] Voter turnout was reported to be 99.3% in the parliamentary election and 99.4% in the presidential election.



Candidate Party Votes %
Gnassingbé Eyadéma Rally of the Togolese People 1,296,584 100
Invalid/blank votes 267 -
Total 1,296,851 100
Registered voters/turnout 1,303,970 99.5
Source: Nohlen et al.

National Assembly

Party Votes % Seats
Rally of the Togolese People 1,250,942 100 67
Invalid/blank votes 43,301 - -
Total 1,294,243 100 67
Registered voters/turnout 1,303,970 99.3 -
Source: Nohlen et al.


  1. ^ Nohlen, D, Krennerich, M & Thibaut, B (1999) Elections in Africa: A data handbook, p905 ISBN 0-19-829645-2
  2. ^ Elections in Togo African Elections Database

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