Elections in Morocco

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Elections in Morocco are held on a national level for the legislature. Parliament has two chambers. The Assembly of Representatives of Morocco (Majlis al-Nuwab/Assemblée des Répresentants) has 325 members elected for a five-year term, 295 elected in multi-seat constituencies and 30 in national lists consisting only of women. The Assembly of Councillors (Majlis al-Mustasharin) has 270 members, elected for a nine-year term, elected by local councils (162 seats), professional chambers (91 seats) and wage-earners (27 seats).

Morocco has had a multi-party system since independence in 1956, with numerous 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. Since Morocco considers Western Sahara as part of its territory and administers large parts of it, the elections are also held there.


Voters are Morrocan citizens aged 18 and registered on the electoral lists. That being said, not all Morccan citizens can vote, only Morrocan citizens living in Morocco are able to do so.[1]

2006 fraud affair[edit]

On October 2006, as many as 67 people were arrested for election fraud allegations related to the September 8, 2006 polls.[2] Among them there were 17 lawmakers (12 from the Assembly of Councillors and 5 from the Assembly of Representatives). It was the first time the Moroccan government made such arrests.

Latest elections[edit]

Party Seats Seats % Seat change Votes Votes %
Justice and Development Party 80 X Increase 34
Istiqlal Party 45 X Decrease 7
National rally of independents 38 X Decrease 1
Authenticity and Modernity Party 33 X Increase 33
Socialist Union of Popular Forces 29 X Decrease 9
Popular movement 22 X Decrease 19
Constitutional Union 15 X Decrease 12
Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS) 11 X Decrease 6
Labour party 2 X Decrease 3
Party of Renewal and Equity 2 X Decrease 2
Democtratic and Social Movement (MDS) 2 X Decrease 7
Environment and Development Party 2 X Decrease 3
Al Ahd 2 X Decrease 12
Front of Democratic Forces 1 X Decrease 8
Action Party (PA) 1 X Increase 1
Union and Democracy Party (PUD) 1 X Increase 1
Party of Liberty and Social Justice (PLJS) 1 X Increase 1
Green Left Party 1 X Increase 1
Socialist Party (PS) X X X
Moroccan Union for Democracy (UMD) X X X
Citizens' Forces (PFC) X X X
Party of Renaissance and Virtue (PRV) X X X
National Congress Party (PCNI) X X X
Moroccan Liberal Party (PLM) X X X
Social Centre Party (PCS) X X X
Reform and Development Party (PRD) X X X
National Democratic Party X X X
Party of Hope (PE) X X X
Democratic Society Party (PSD) X X X
Democratic Independence Party (PDI) X X X
Independents X X X
Total (turnout 45%) 288/395 73%


Past elections[edit]

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References and sources[edit]

  1. ^ Les élections marocaines : les MRE et les cartes électorales. 2019.
  2. ^ 17 MPs among 67 held for election fraud in Morocco