This chapter on elections and electoral systems in Mauritania follows the same format as all the other country chapters in the book. The first section is introductory and contains a historical overview, discussion of the evolution of electoral provisions, an account of the current electoral provisions, and a comment on the electoral statistics. The second section consists of ten tables. These are: 2.1 Dates of National Elections, Referendums, and Coups d’Etat; 2.2 Electoral Body 1959–1997 (data on population size, registered voters, and votes cast); 2.3 Abbreviations (abbreviations and full names of political parties and alliances used in tables 2.6, 2.7, and 2.9); 2.4 Electoral Participation of Parties and Alliances 1959–1997 (participation of political parties and alliances in chronological order and including the years and number of contested elections); 2.5 Referendum 1991 (details of registered voters and votes cast); 2.6 Elections for Constitutional Assembly (none held); 2.7 Parliamentary Elections 1959–1996 (details of registered voters and votes cast); 2.8 Composition of Parliament 1959–1996; 2.9 Presidential Elections 1961–1997 (details of registered voters and votes cast nationally and per moughataa); and 2.10 List of Power Holders 1959–1998.
Keywords: alliances, coups d’état, elections, electoral body, electoral participation, electoral provisions, electoral statistics, electoral systems, history, Mauritania, national elections, parliamentary composition, parliamentary elections, political parties, power holders, presidential elections, referendums, registered voters, votes cast
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