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Nov. 7, 2003 Held

Mauritania

Islamic Republic of Mauritania

Election for Mauritanian Presidency

Results

Voter Participation

Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:673,591
Valid Votes:658,148
Invalid Votes:15,443

Vote Share by Candidate:

Maaouya Ould Sid' Ahmed TAYA438,915

66.69

Mohamed Khouna Ould HAIDALLA123,444

18.76

Ahmed Ould DADDAH43,314

6.58

Meeaoud Ould BOULKHEIR33,089

5.03

Moulaye Elhacen Ould JEID3,768

0.5725156043929329

Aicha Mint JEDAANE3,100

0.4710186766502368
Election Results Modified: Jun 21, 2024

General Information

At stake in this election:

  • The office of President of Mauritania

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Maaouya Ould Sid Ahmed TAYA
  • 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.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by popular vote to serve a 6-year term.
  • In the Senate (Majlis al-Shuyukh) 56 members are elected by municipal leaders to serve 6-year terms*. In the National Assembly (Majlis al-Watani) 81 members are elected by popular vote to serve 5-year terms.

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

Main Candidates in the Presidential race:

  • Maaouya Ould Sid' Ahmed TAYA
    • Party: Republican Democratic and Social Party (PRDS)
  • Mohamed Khouna Ould HAIDALLA
    • Party: Independent
  • Ahmed Ould DADDAH
    • Party: Independent
  • Meeaoud Ould BOULKHEIR
    • Party: Independent
  • Moulaye Elhacen Ould JEID
    • Party: Independent
  • Aicha Mint JEDAANE
    • Party: Independent

Last Presidential election:

  • The last presidential election was held on December 12, 1997 with President Maaouya Ould Sid Ahmed TAYA securing 90.9% of the votes.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 2,974,686 (2003)
  • Registered Voters: 1,203,668 (1997 Based on the 1997 presidential elections.)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 1,482,332 (2003)

·         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: 3 (National Assembly) (following the 2001 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: 446,202 (est.)

Election Modified: Jun 21, 2024

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