At stake in this Referendum:
- A referendum to approve a new constitution.
Description of government structure:
- Chief of State: King MOHAMED VI
- Head of Government: Prime Minister Abbas EL FASSI
- Assembly: Morocco has a bicameral Parliament (Barlaman) consisting of the Chamber of Counselors (Majlis al-Mustacharin) with 270 seats* and the Chamber of Representatives (Majlis al-Nuwab) with 325 seats**.
Description of electoral system:
- The King is the hereditary head of state.
- The Prime Minister is appointed by the monarch.
- In the Chamber of Counselors (Majlis al-Mustacharin) 270 members are elected by indirect vote to serve 9-year terms*. In the Chamber of Representatives (Majlis al-Nuwab), 295 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 5-year terms and 30 members are reserved for women to serve 5-year terms.**
* Members are elected indirectly by local councils, professional organizations, and labor syndicates. One-third of the members are renewed every three years.
** 295 members are elected in 95 multi-seat constituencies. The thirty reserved seats are from a national list of women.
Main provisions in the Referendum:
- A provision to approve a new constitution.
Population and number of registered voters:
- Population: 32,531,964 (2011)
- Registered Voters: 13,451,404 (July 2011)
· Female Population: 16,512,813 (2011)
· Is Morocco a signatory to CEDAW: No
· Has Morocco ratified CEDAW: Yes, accession (21 June 1993)
· Gender Quota: Yes
· Female candidates in this election: N/A
· Number of Female Parliamentarians: 34 (following the 2007 elections)
· Human Development Index Position: 126 (2014)
· Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Low (2014)
· Is Morocco a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)
· Has Morocco ratified CRPD: Yes (8 April 2009)
· Population with a disability: 4,879,794 (est.)