Elections in Mauritius

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Elections in Mauritius gives information on elections and election results in Mauritius. Since 1967, Mauritius has experienced 12 free and fair democratic general elections to choose a government.


The government is formed by the party or group which controls a majority on the unicameral legislature. The National Assembly has 70 members, 62 elected for a five-year term in 21 multi-member constituencies and 8 additional "best loser" members appointed by the Supreme Court.

The president and vice-president is then elected by the National Assembly for a five-year term by the parliament. On a regional level, the country has village & district council, and municipal elections every 6 years.

Mauritius has a multi-party system which is mainly dominated by three parties namely Militant Socialist Movement (MSM), the Labour Party and Mauritian Militant Movement (MMM).

Out of the 12 national elections, the MSM has won 6 (1983, 1987, 1991, 2000, 2014 and 2019), the Labour Party won 4 (1967, 1995, 2005 and 2010) and the MMM won 2 (1976 and 1982). The premiership of the Country has been alternated by two dynasties namely Ramgoolam and Jugnauth except for a short period of 2003-2005 where Paul Berenger was Prime Minister under an alliance with the Jugnauths.


Main Political Parties (chronological order)

Most elections have been won by either the Labour Party (led by the Ramgoolams) or the MSM (led by the Jugnauths). The following people from these families held the office of Prime Minister:


1967 Elections

In the 1967 General Election, an alliance known as the Independence Party consisting of the Labour Party (Parti Travailliste — PTR), Independent Forward Bloc (IFB) and Comité d'Action Musulman (CAM) won the election, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam (SSR) became the first Prime Minister of Mauritius. The Parti Mauricien Social Démocrate (PMSD) became the opposition party. [2] [3]

1976 Elections

In the 1976 General Election, the Mouvement Militant Mauricien (MMM) won most of the seats, however a coalition government was formed by the Independence Party (consisted of the Labour Party and Comité d'Action Musulman) and the PMSD. SSR remained in office. The MMM became the opposition party. [2]

1982 Elections

In the 1982 General Election, an alliance consisting of the MMM and the Parti Socialiste Mauricien (PSM) won the election, Sir Anerood Jugnauth (SAJ) became Prime Minister, Harish Boodhoo became Deputy Prime Minister and Paul Bérenger became Minister of Finance. The PMSD became the opposition party. [2]

1983 Elections

The alliance break up in 1983 and the 1983 General Election was held. A new alliance consisting of the PTR, the Mouvement Socialiste Militant (MSM) and the PMSD won the election, SAJ became Prime Minister again. The MMM became the opposition party. [2]

1987 Elections

In the 1987 General Election, an alliance known as Alliance consisting of the PTR, the MSM and the PMSD won the election, SAJ remained Prime Minister. The MMM remained the opposition party. [2]

1991 Elections

In the 1991 General Election, an alliance consisting of the MMM and MSM was established again and won the election, SAJ remained Prime Minister. The new leader of the PTR Dr. Navin Ramgoolam, became the Leader of the Opposition. The PTR became the opposition party. [2]

Republic of Mauritius

On 12 March 1992 Mauritius became a republic, with a new constitution in 1992, the terms of the General Elections was regulated to 5 years. Since then, each 5 years elections takes place and a new Prime Minister is elected.

1995 Elections

In the 1995 General Election an alliance consisting of the PTR and MMM won the election, Dr. Navin Ramgoolam became Prime Minister of Mauritius. The PMSD became the opposition party. [2]

2000 Elections

In the 2000 General Election an alliance MMM-MSM was formed and won the election, the PTR became the opposition party. The alliance of the MMM-MSM made an agreement, SAJ resigned as Prime Minister after 3 years to allow the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Paul Bérenger to take over. Paul Bérenger became the first non-Hindu Prime Minister of Mauritius. SAJ was nominated as President of Mauritius by the National Assembly. The son of SAJ, Pravind Jugnauth was then elected as Deputy Prime Minister, SAJ also left the reins of the Mouvement Socialiste Militant to his son. [4] [5]

2005 Elections

In the 2005 General Election an alliance known as Alliance Sociale was formed, it consisted of the PTR, the Parti Mauricien Xavier-Luc Duval (PMXD), Les Verts Fraternels, the Mouvement Républicain and Mouvement Militant Socialiste Mauricien (MMSM). Another alliance was the MMM-MSM which included the MMM, the MSM and the PMSD. The Alliance Sociale won the election and Dr. Navin Ramgoolam became Prime Minister of Mauritius.

In 2009, the PMSD merged with the PMXD, the new party retained the name PMSD, Xavier-Luc Duval became leader of the new party and Maurice Allet became President.

2010 Elections

For the 2010 General Election, two alliances were formed before the election, the Alliance de L'Avenir consisting of the PTR, the PMSD and the MSM. The other alliance was the Alliance du Coeur which consisted of the MMM, the Union Nationale and the Mouvement Mauricien Socialiste Démocrate (MMSD). The Alliance de L'Avenir won the election, Dr. Navin Ramgoolam remained the Prime Minister of Mauritius. Then the MSM and later the PMSD left the government.

2014 Elections

L'Alliance Lepep won the 2014 elections, with 47 seats, against 13 for the Labour Party / MMM alliance.

2019 Elections

The Alliance Morisien won the 2019 elections after 39 of its candidates were elected, and thanks to the Best Loser system it secured an additional 3 seats. On the other hand 13 candidates of the rival Alliance Nationale were elected, with an additional 4 seats granted by the Electoral Commission. The MMM managed to have 8 of its candidates elected and received 1 extra seat as part of Best Loser system.

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