Mauritius: Women's representation in the 2005 National Assembly

Updated May 2010

The elections took place on July 3, 2005 and the voter turnout was 81.5% (Kasenally 2009, 288).

Up to eight seats can be allocated to "best losers" by the Electoral Supervisory Commission "[i]n order to ensure a fair and adequate representation of each community", in terms of Section 38 of the Constitution of 1968 (see Elklit, J 2005 Electoral system for Parliament in Mauritius for details). In 2010 seven best loser seats were allocated.

Coalitions

Alliance Sociale, led by Prime Minister Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam, was a coalition of the Mauritius Labour Party (MLP/PTr), Mouvement Militant Socialiste Mauricienne (MMSM), Mouvement Socialiste Démocrate (MSD and Parti Mauricien Xavier Duval (PMXD).
Alliance MSM/MMM, led by the Leader of the Opposition Paul Bérenger was a coalition of the Mouvement Militant Mauricien (MMM), Mouvement Socialiste Mauricien (MSM) and Parti Mauricien Social Démocrate (PMSD).

Women's representation

Key
A - All seats
W - Women's seats
%W - Precentage women
Coalition/Party Candidates Elected seats Best loser seats Total seats
A W %W A W %W A W %W A W %W
Alliance Sociale 60 6 10.0 38 4 10.5 4 0 0 42 4 9.5
Alliance MSM/MMM 60 10 16.7 22 7 31.8 2 1 50 24 8 33.3
Organisation du Peuple Rodriguais (OPR) 2 0 0.0 2 0 0.0 0 0 - 2 0 0
Mouvement Rodriguais (MR) 2 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 2 0 0 2 0 0
Total 124 16 12.9 62 11 17.7 8 1 12.5 70 12 17.1

Table sources

Chiror 2005, 11, 13.

References

CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF MAURITIUS 1968, [www] http://www.gov.mu/portal/site/AssemblySite/menuitem.ee3d58b2c32c60451251701065c521ca/ [opens new window] (accessed 7 May 2010).

CHIRORO, B 2005, Engendering Democracy Through the Ballot Box in the Mauritius 2005 Elections [PDF], EISA Occasional Paper 37.