Democracy in Togo

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Democracy Ratings

Freedom House 2018


4 out of 7

(where lower scores are more democratic)

Freedom Status:

Partly Free

EIU Democracy Index 2017


3.05 out of 10

(where higher scores are more democratic)

World Ranking:


Polity IV 2016



(from -10 to 10, where higher scores are more democratic)


Closed Anocracy


Political System

System of Government Presidential
Presidential Electoral System First past the post
Last Presidential Election 2015
Next Presidential Election 2020
Presidential Term Limits Two, five-year terms
System of Appointment to Legislature

Closed list proportional representation in multi-member constituencies

Last Legislative Election


Next Legislative Election


Number of Seats in Legislature 91
Female quota, representation in lower house Yes: legislated candidate quotas


Last presidential election (2015)
Candidate (Party) Votes (%)
1st round 2nd round not needed
Faure Gnassingbé 59
Jean-Pierre Fabre 35.21
Tchaboure Gogue 4.03
Komandega Tamaa 1.04
Mohamed Tchassona-Traoré 0.96

Last legislative election (2013)    
Party Votes (%) Seats
Union for the Republic 47 62
Save Togo Collective 29 19
Rainbow Alliance 11 6
Union of Forces for Change 8 3
Pan-African Patriotic Convergence 1 0
New Togo Engagement 1 0
Other parties 4 0
Independents 1 1

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