Mauritian general election, 1976

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General elections were held in Mauritius on 23 December 1976. Although the Mauritian Militant Movement won the most seats, a coalition government was formed by the Independence Party and the Mauritian Social Democrat Party. Around 400 candidates representing thirty-one parties contested the election, but only the three aforementioned parties won seats.[1][2]

The voting system involved twenty constituencies on Mauritius, which each elected three members. Two seats were elected by residents of Rodrigues, and eight seats were filled by the "best losers".[3] Voter turnout was 88%.[4]

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/-
Constituency Best-loser Total
Mauritian Militant Movement 469,420 40.9 30 4 34 New
Independence Party* 461,949 38.1 25 3 28 -3
Mauritian Social Democrat Party 200,559 16.5 7 1 8 -19
Independent Forward Bloc 26,902 2.2 0 0 0 -12
Mauritian Democratic Union 12,505 1.0 0 0 0 New
Progressive Socialist Party 9,807 0.8 0 0 0 New
Rodrigues People's Organisation 6,376 0.5 0 0 0 New
Mauritian Militant Socialist Movement 5,372 0.4 0 0 0 New
Progressive Party of the South 2,223 0.2 0 0 0 New
Republican Centre Party 1,636 0.1 0 0 0 New
Labour Unity Liberals 800 0.0 0 0 0 New
Mauritius Muslim Democratic League 266 0.0 0 0 0 New
Mauritius People's Progressive Party 249 0.0 0 0 0 New
Communist Party of Mauritius 244 0.0 0 0 0 New
Mauritius Muslim Rights 236 0.0 0 0 0 New
Mauritius United Party 186 0.0 0 0 0 New
Movement and the Mauritian Socialist Youth 174 0.0 0 0 0 New
People's Democratic Party 143 0.0 0 0 0 New
Union of the General Population 92 0.0 0 0 0 New
Independents 14,021 1.2 0 0 0 New
Total 1,213,160 100 62 8 70 0
Source: Nohlen et al.

* The Independence Party was an alliance of the Labour Party and the Muslim Committee of Action. It had also historically included the Independent Forward Block.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mauritius Inter-Parliamentary Union
  2. ^ Nohlen, D, Krennerich, M & Thibaut, B (1999) Elections in Africa: A data handbook, p618 ISBN 0-19-829645-2
  3. ^ Mauritius: Background to the 1967 Legislative Assembly election EISA
  4. ^ Mauritius: 1976 Legislative Assembly election results EISA