ElectionGudie

Nov. 19, 2006 Held

788,029
Voted
Mauritania

Islamic Republic of Mauritania

Election for Al Jamiya Al Wataniya (Mauritanian National Assembly)

Results

62%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:788,029
Valid Votes:665,313
Invalid Votes:122,716

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Rally of Democratic Forces 15 None

Union of Forces for Progress 8 None

Republican Party for Democracy and Renewal 7 None

Popular Progressive Alliance 5 None

Rally for Democracy and Unity 3 None

Union for Democracy and Progress 3 None

Mauritanian Party for Union and Change 2 None

Democratic Renewal 2 None

Union of the Forces for Progress 2 None

Popular Progressive Alliance 2 None

Popular Front 1 None

Social Democratic Unionist Party 1 None

Alternative 1 None

National Rally for Democracy, Liberty, and Equality 1 None

Union of the Democratic Center 1 None

Independent Candidates 41 None

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 81 seats in the National Assembly (Majlis al-Watani)

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Interim Col. Ely Ould Mohamed VALL *
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Sidi Mohamed Ould BOUBAKAR
  • Assembly: Mauritania has a bicameral legislature consisting of the Senate (Majlis al-Shuyukh) with 56 seats and the National Assembly (Majlis al-Watani) with 81 seats.

* President TAYA was deposed in a coup by the Military Council for Justice and Democracy led by Col. Ely Ould Mohamed VALL on August 3, 2005. Under the constitution approved through referendum in June 2006, the President will be elected by popular vote to serve a 5-year term.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President Interim is elected by popular vote to serve a 5-year term.
  • In the Senate (Majlis al-Shuyukh) 56 members are elected by indirect vote to serve 6-year terms*. In the National Assembly (Majlis al-Watani) 81 members are elected by absolute majority vote in single-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms.

* Members are elected by indirect vote by municipal leaders to serve 6-year terms; a part of the seats are up for election every two years.

Main parties in the Second Round of the electoral race:

  • Party: Rally of Democratic Forces / Rassemblement des Forces Démocratiques (RFD)
    • Leader: Ahmed Ould DADDAH
    • Seats won in last National Assembly election: 3
  • Party: Progress Force Union / Union des Forces pour le Progrès (UFP)
    • Leader: Mohamed Ould MAOULOUD
    • Seats won in last National Assembly election: 3
  • Party: Renewed Republican Democratic Party / Parti Républicain Démocratique Rénové (PRDR)***
    • Leader: Ethmane Ould Cheikh Eby Al Maali
    • Seats won in last National Assembly election: 64
  • Party: Popular Progressive Alliance / Alliance Populaire pour le Progrès (APP)
    • Leader: Messoud Ould BOULKHEIR
    • Seats won in last National Assembly election: N/A
  • Party: Union for Democracy and Progress / Union pour la Démocratie et le Développent (UDP)
    • Leader: Naha Mint MOUKNASS
    • Seats won in last National Assembly election: 3

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 3,241,762 (2006)
  • Registered Voters: 1,073,287 (2006)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 1,613,354 (2006)

·         Is Mauritania a signatory to CEDAW: No

·         Has Mauritania ratified CEDAW: Yes, accession (10 May 2001)

·         Gender Quota: Yes

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 17 (National Assembly) (following the 2006 elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 156 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: 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: 486,264 (est.)