The election took place in two rounds. In the first round on 6 March 2016, results were as follows:
|Lionel Zinsou-Derlin (Cowry Forces for an Emerging Benin)||28.44%|
|Patrice Talon (Independent)||24.80%|
|Sébastien Ajavon (Independent)||23.03%|
|Abdoulaye Bio-Tchané (Alliance for a Triumphant Benin)||8.79%|
|Pascal Koupaki (New Consciousness Rally)||5.85%|
|Robert Gbian (Generations for Republican Governance)||1.56%|
|Fernand Amoussou (Alliance of Forces of the Future)||1.17%|
|Issa Salifou (Union for Relief)||1.04%|
A further 25 candidates each received less than 1% of the vote.
Registered electors: 4,702,168
In the second round, which took place on 20 March 2016, Lionel Zinsou received 34.63% of the vote. Patrice Talon received 65.37% of the vote and was therefore elected president. Turnout in the second round was 65.57%.