Sept. 1, 2018 Held


Islamic Republic of Mauritania

Election for Al Jamiya Al Wataniya (Mauritanian National Assembly)


Voter Participation

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

Vote Share by Party:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

El Insaf (Parti El Insaf – الإنصاف) 89 - 136,809


Tewassoul (Rassemblement National pour la Réforme et le Développement - التجمع الوطني للإصلاح و التنمية) 14 - 79,283


Union for Democracy and Progress (Union pour la Démocratie et le Développent) 6 - 30,495


El Karama (El Karama) 6 - 24,761


People's Progressive Alliance 3 - 12,899


Union of the Forces for Progress 3 - 19,664


Youth Awakening for the Nation (Sursaut de la Jeunesse pour la Nation) 3 - 11,273


Sawab (Sawab) 3 - 12,265


Rally of Democratic Forces (Rassemblement des Forces Démocratiques) 3 - 19,273


Choura for Development (Parti Choura pour le Développement) 3 - 15,409


El Wiam (El Wiam) 2 - - 9,188


National Union for Democracy and Development (Union Nationale pour le Démocratie et le Développent) 2 - 9,865


El Islah (El Islah) 1 - 5,334


Conciliation and Prosperity Party (Parti de la Conciliation et de la Prospérité) 1 - 7,878


Peace and Democratic Progress Party (Parti de la Paix et du Progrès Démocratique) 1 - 3,392


WAVA-Vanguard Coalition (Coalition WAVA - Avant-garde) 1 - 4,717


Coalition of Mauritanians for the Fatherland (Parti de la Coalition des Mauritaniens pour la Patrie) 1 - 3,675


Alliance for Justice and Democracy/Movement for Renewal (Alliance pour la Justice et la Démocratie/Mouvement pour la Rénovation) 1 - 7,102


Mauritanian Party for Tomorrow (Parti Mauritanien pour Demain) 1 - 4,196


National Democratic Union (Union Démocratique Nationale) 1 - 5,655

Election Results Modified: Apr 13, 2023

General Information

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.)
Election Modified: Jun 21, 2024

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