Mauritius: 2005 Election candidates by party and gender

Updated May 2010

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).

Candidates and gender

Extracted from CHIRORO, B 2005 "Registration of political parties in the Mauritius 2005 election", Election Talk: Mauritius [PDF], 23.

What is new in these [2005 National Assembly] elections is an effort deployed by registered political parties to mobilise more women candidates. However, the number of women candidates fielded by the parties is less impressive. Out of a total number of 664 candidates, only 63 are women (9,5%).

The strongest contender for the election, the Social Alliance, has fielded only 6 women candidates out of the total of 60. The ruling MMM-MSM-PMSD alliance fielded 10 out of their 60 candidates. In contrast a small party, Lalit, that has only 32 candidates, has fielded 14 women candidates. Nine of the women candidates are independents and the remaining 13 are split amongst the remaining smaller parties.

With this small number of women candidates Mauritius will still not be able to achieve the SADC 30% gender representation as required by the 1997 SADC Declaration on Gender and Development.

Party/Alliance Women Men Total % Women
Alliance Sociale 6 54 60 10.0
Alliance MSM/MMM 10 50 60 16.7
Front Solidarite Mauricienne (FSM) 1 54 55 1.8
Parti Du Peuple Mauricien (PPM) 5 46 51 9.8
Lalit 14 18 32 43.8
Front Populaire Musulman (FPM) 0 28 28 0
MDN Raj Dayal Movement 4 22 26 15.4
Rezistans ek Alternativ 2 9 11 18.2
Party Malin 3 7 10 30.0
Mouvement Socialiste Independent 2 7 9 22.2
Tamil Council 1 8 9 11.1
L'Alliance Pour La Justice 1 7 8 12.5
Group de Cinq 1 5 6 16.7
Movement Democratic Mauriciene (MDM) 0 5 5 0.0
Majority Party/Party de la majorite 0 4 4 0.0
Mouvement Travailleurs Mauriciens 0 4 4 0.0
Comite D'Action Musulman Mauricien (CAMM) 0 3 3 0.0
Democratie Union Socialist Mauricien (DUSM) 0 3 3 0.0
Ekta Party 0 3 3 0.0
Conservative Party 0 3 3 0.0
Movement National Mauricien 0 3 3 0.0
Movement Popular Lendroit 0 3 3 0.0
Union Mauricien 0 3 3 0.0
Mouvement Rodriguais 0 2 2 0.0
Organisation du Peuple Rodriguais 0 2 2 0.0
RSM 0 2 2 0.0
Democratie Mauricienne 0 1 1 0.0
Front Progressiste du Peuple Rodriguaais (FPPR) 0 1 1 0.0
Independent Forward Block (IFB) 0 1 1 0.0
Mauritius Party Rights 0 1 1 0.0
MSTMRA 0 1 1 0.0
MTS 0 1 1 0.0
PRO 0 1 1 0.0
RRR 0 1 1 0.0
Rassemblement des Travailleurs Sociaux 0 1 1 0.0
Top Dhamaka Vrai Rouge 0 1 1 0.0
Union Patriots llois Mauricien 0 1 1 0.0
Independents 9 239 248 3.6
Total 63 601 664 9.5

Table source

Adapted from Chiroro 2005, 23.