Sept. 1, 2018 Held


Islamic Republic of Mauritania

Election for Al Jamiya Al Wataniya (Mauritanian National Assembly)


Cast Votes:1,027,367
Valid Votes:702,708
Invalid Votes:324,659


Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Other parties 43 - 486,616


Union for the Republic 89 - 136,809


National Rally for Reform and Development 14 - 79,283


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Note on the results

  • The vote count is for the first round only, not the second round. 

At stake in this election:

  • 146 seats in the National Assembly (Al Jamiya Al Wataniya).

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Mohamed Ould Abdel AZIZ
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Moulaye Ould Mohamed LAGHDAF
  • Assembly: Mauritania has a bicameral Parliament (Barlamane) consisting of the Senate (Majlis al-Shuyukh) with 56 seats and the National Assembly (Al Jamiya Al Wataniya) with 146 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • In the National Assembly (Al Jamiya Al Wataniya), 106 members are elected in single- and multi-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms and 40 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 5-year terms. Districts have a magnitude ranging from 1 to 18. For single-member constituencies, elections are majoritarian, with a run-off if no candidate achieves an absolute majority in the first round. In two-seat constituencies, elections are also majoritarian, with any list achieving an absolute majority winning in the first round, and a run-off if not. In districts with more than two seats, elections are held on the basis of proportional representation, with no run-offs. Seats in these districts are allocated on the basis of the largest remainder system. Election lists in two-member constituencies must include at least one candidate of each gender. In larger districts, a female candidate must appear in either first or second place, and genders should alternate throughout the list. Of the 40 seats elected at the nationwide level, 20 seats are reserved for females.

Main parties in the electoral race:

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 4,540,068 (2018 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 1,189,105  nationwide (November 2013), for the run-off election, there were 311,94 registered voters.

Gender Data:

  • Female Population: 2,251,154 (2018 est.)
  • 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: 37 Assembly; 10 Senate 
  • Human Development Index Position: 159 (2018)
  • 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: 681,010 (2018 est.)