Moroccan general election, 1977

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Parliamentary elections were held in Morocco on 3 June 1977. Elections had previously been held in 1970, but Parliament had been dissolved in March 1972 and a new constitution approved in a referendum in the same month. Fresh elections were scheduled for May, but were later indefinitely postponed.

Unlike the previous Parliament, in which only 90 of the 240 members had been directly elected, the new Parliament had 176 directly elected members, 48 elected by colleges of local councillors, and 40 from professional colleges (15 from the Chambers of Agriculture, 10 from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 7 from the Chamber of Handicrafts and 8 by representatives of employees' organizations).[1]

A total of 1,022 candidates contested the election; 456 were independents, with the remainder belonging to seven different parties. Ultimately independents won the majority of seats, with a total of 141. Voter turnout was 82.36%.[1]

Results[edit]

Party Direct election Indirect election Total seats
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
Istiqlal Party 1,090,960 21.7 46 5 51
Popular Movement 738,541 14.7 15 0 15
Constitutional and Democratic Popular Movement 625,786 12.4 29 15 44
Socialist Union of Popular Forces 116,470 2.3 1 0 1
Action Party 102,358 2.0 2 1 3
Party of Progress and Socialism 90,840 1.8 2 0 2
Moroccan Workers' Union 26,116 0.1 0 7 7
Independents 2,254,297 44.9 81 60 141
Invalid/blank votes 324,063
Total 5,369,431 176 88 264
Registered voters/turnout 6,519,301 82.3
Source: Sternberger et al.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Morocco Inter-Parliamentary Union
  2. ^ Dolf Sternberger, Bernhard Vogel, Dieter Nohlen & Klaus Landfried (1978) Die Wahl der Parlamente: Band II: Afrika, Zweiter Halbband, p1345