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Voters in Suriname went to the polls on 25 May 2015. Caribbean Elections provides information and current news for voters, students, teachers on the election and the Suriname electoral process.
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POLITICAL PARTIES
Suriname has a multi-party system with numerous political parties, in which no one party often has a chance of gaining power alone, and parties must work with each other to form coalition governments. For each election, the political parties combine with multiple parties to obtain the maximum number of seats - for example "V7, The Front, and Megacombination.
  National Democratic Party (NDP)
Nationale Democratische Partij
Political Leader: Desi BOUTERSE Seats in National Assembly: 26/51
   
  Progressive Reform Party (VHP)
Vooruitstrevende Hervormingspartij 
Political Leader: Chan SANTOKHI Seats in National Assembly: 9/51
   
  Pertjajah Luhur (PL)
Political Leader: Chan SANTOKHI Seats in National Assembly: 5/51
   
  General Liberation and Development Party (ABOP)
Algemene Bevrijdings- en Ontwikkelingspartij
Political Leader: - Seats in National Assembly: 5/51
   
  Brotherhood and Unity in Politics (BEP)
Broederschap en Eenheid in de Politiek
Political Leader: - Seats in National Assembly: 2/51
   
  National Party of Suriname (NPS)
Nationale Partij Suriname
Political Leader: Gregory RUSLAND Seats in National Assembly: 2/51
   
  Progressive Workers' and Farmers' Union (PALU)
Progressieve Arbeiders- en Landbouwersunie
Political Leader: Gregory RUSLAND Seats in National Assembly: 1/51
   
  Party for Democracy and Development through Unity (DOE)
Democratie en Ontwikkeling in Eenheid
Political Leader: Gregory RUSLAND Seats in National Assembly: 1/51
   
OVERVIEW OF ELECTORAL SYSTEM
Head of State Head of State is the Head of Government. President iIndirectly elected by legislature
Head of Government Indirectly elected by legislature/chosen by parliament
Structure of Parliament Unicameral National Assembly (Nationale Assemblee) with 51 members
Electoral Law 23 October 1987
Electoral Districts 10 multi-member constituencies (between 2 and 17 seats each).
Voting System The President is elected by the National Assembly to serve a 5-year term. In the the National Assembly (Nationale Assemblee) 51 members are elected by popular vote to serve 5-year terms.
Term of Office 5 years
Voter Requirements Citizen of Suriname, 18 years old, resident in the country.
Ddisqualifications: deprivation of voting right by court decision, detention, insanity
Candidate Eligibility and Requirements Qualified electors
- age: 21 years
- Suriname citizenship
- residence in the constituency where running for at least 2 years
- member of a political party
- nomination by political party
- support by specified number of electors
Electoral Authority The Independent Electoral Council Central Polling Authority
Last Elections 25 May 2015
Next Elections 25 May 2020
PAST ELECTIONS
Year Specific Date   Winning Party Total
Seats
Voter
Turnout
  Party % Votes Seats
1949

Mon, 30 May 1949

  National Party of Suriname - 13 21 47.50%
1951 Wed, 14 Mar 1951   National Party of Suriname - 13 21 38.40%
1955 Tue, 29 Mar 1955   Unity Front - 11 21 -
1958 Wed, 25 Jun 1958   National Party of Suriname - 9 21 -
1963 Mar 1963   National Party of Suriname 24.28% 14 36 -
1967 Mar 1967   National Party of Suriname 29.49% 17 39 -
1969 Nov 1969   Progressive Reform Party (VHP) Bloc 37.23% 19 39 -
1973 Mon, 19 Nov 1973   National Party Combination 50.54% 22 39 75.64%
1977 Mon, 31 Oct 1977   National Party Combination 45.41% 22 39 77.77%
1987 Wed, 25 Nov 1987   Front for Democracy and Development 85.50% 40 51 84.97%
1991 Sat, 25 May 1991   New Front for Democracy and Development 54.29% 30 51 64.31%
1996 Thu, 23 May 1996   New Front for Democracy and Development 41.78% 24 51 66.66%
2000 Thu, 25 May 2000   New Front for Democracy and Development 47.55% 33 51 72.03%
2005 Wed, 25 May 2005   New Front for Democracy and Development 41.08% 23 51 65.93%
2010 Tue, 25 May 2010   Mega Combinatie 40.22% 23 51 73.21%
2015 Mon, 25 May 2015   National Democratic Party 45.46% 26 51 72.72%
ELECTION OBSERVERS REPORTS
Year Report Download
2000 Report of the OAS Electoral Observation Mission to Suriname 2000 Download
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2005 Preliminary Statement issed by the CARICOM Electoral Observer Mission to the General Elections in Suriname, 27 May 2005 Download
Report of the OAS Electoral Observation Mission in Suriname Parliamentary and Presidential Elections 2005 Download
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2010 Preliminary Statement issed by the CARICOM Electoral Observer Mission to the General Elections in Suriname, 25 May 2010 Download
Report of the OAS Electoral Observation Mission for the General Elections in the Republic of Suriname on 25 May 2010 Download
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2015 Preliminary Statement issed by the CARICOM Electoral Observer Mission to the General Elections in Suriname, 25 May 2015 Download
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