ElectionGudie

June 22, 2019 Confirmed

Mauritania

Islamic Republic of Mauritania

Election for President

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At Stake in this Election:

  • The office of the President of Mauritania

Government Structure:

  • Chief of State: President Mohamed Ould Abdel AZIZ*
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Ould El BECHIR
  • Assembly: Mauritania has a bicameral Parliament (Barlamane) consisting of the Senate (Majlis al-Shuyukh) with 56 seats and the National Assembly (Al Jamiya Al Wataniya) with 146 seats.

* Current President Mohamed Ould Abdel AZIZ has served the maximum two terms and is ineligible to run in this election.

Electoral System:

  • The President is elected by popular vote to serve up to two five-year terms. If no candidate receives an absolute majority in the first round, a second round is held between the top two candidates.

Main Candidates in this Election:

  • Mohamed Ould Cheikh Mohamed AHMED Ould Ghazouani
    • Party: Union for the Republic / Union pour la Republique (UPR)
  • Sidi Mohamed Ould BOUBACAR
    • Party: Tewassoul
  • Mohamed Ould MOULOUD
    • Party: Progressive Union of Forces of Progress / Rassemblement des forces democratiques (RFD)
  • Biram Dah ABEID
    • Party: Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement / Initiative pour la Resurgence du mouvement Abolitioniste (IRA)
  • Kane Hamidou BABA
    • Party: Living Together
  • Mohamed Lemine El-Mourtaji El-WAFI
    • Party: Independent

Population and Registered Voters:

  • Population: 4,661,149 (2019 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 1,417,823 (2018)

Gender Data:

  • Female Population: 2,310,527 (2019 est.)
  • Is Mauritania a signatory to CEDAW: No
  • Has Mauritania ratified CEDAW: Yes, accession (10 May 2001)
  • Gender Quota: Yes
  • Female candidates in this election: No
  • Number of Female Parliamentarians: 17 Assembly (following the 2006 elections); 10 Senate (following the 2007 elections)
  • Human Development Index Position: 159 (2018)
  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A (Very High 2014)

Disability Data:

  • Is Mauritania a signatory to CRPD: No
  • Has Mauritania ratified CRPD: Yes, accession (3 April 2012)
  • Population with a disability: 539,505 (est.)