July 18, 2009 Held


Islamic Republic of Mauritania

Election for Mauritanian Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:816,974
Valid Votes:778,431
Invalid Votes:38,543

Vote Share by Candidate:

Mohamed Ould Abdul AZIZ409,024


Meeaoud Ould BOULKHEIR126,520


Ahmed Ould DADDAH105,931


Mohamed Jemil Ould MANSOUR36,864


Ibrahima Moctar SARR35,553


Ely Ould Mohamed VALL29,862


Kane Hamidou BABA11,542


Saleh Ould HANENNA11,191


Hamada Ould MEIMOU9,980


Sghair Ould M'BARECK1,964

Election Results Modified: Apr 11, 2016

General Information

At stake in this election:

  • The office of the President of Mauritania

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: Acting President Ba Mamadou MBARE (15 April 2009 - 5 August 2009)
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Moulaye Ould Mohamed LAGHDAF (14 August 2008 - 20 August 2014)
  • Assembly: Mauritania has a bicameral Barlamane (Parliament) consisting of the Majlis al-Shuyukh (Senate) and the Al Jamiya Al Wataniya (National Assembly). There are 56 seats in the Senate and 146 in the National Assembly.

Description of electoral system:

  • The president is directly elected by absolute majoirty popular vote in two rounds if needed for a 5-year term.

Main Candidates in the Presidential race:

  • Mohamed Ould Abdel AZIZ 
    • Party: Union for the Republic/Union pour la Republique
  • Ahmed Ould Mohameden Ould DADDAH
    • Party: Rally of Democratic Forces/Regroupement de Forces Democratiques 
  • Messaoud Ould BOULKHEIR 
    • Party: Popular Alliance for Progress/Alliance Populaire pour le Progres
  • Ely Mohamed Vall ELEYA
    • Party: Independent
  • Mohamed Jemil Ould MANSOUR
    • Party: Independnet
  • Ibrahim Moctar SARR
    • Party: Alliance for Justice and Democracy - Movement for Renewal/Alliance pour la Justice et la Democratie - Mouvement pour la Renovation
  • Kane Hamidou BABA
    • Party: Independent
  • Sghair Ould MBARECK
    • Party: Independent
  • Saleh Ould HANANA
    • Party: Independent
  • Hamdi ABdallah MEIMOU
    • Party: Independent

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 3,501,927 (2009)
  • Registered Voters: 1,265,063 (2009)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 1,741,939 (2009)

·         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 Assembly (following the 2006 elections); 10 Senate (following the 2007 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: 525,289 (est.)

Election Modified: Jun 21, 2024

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