June 29, 2024 Confirmed


Islamic Republic of Mauritania

Election for Mauritanian Presidency

General Information

At Stake in this Election:

  • The Presidency of Mauritania

Government Structure:

  • Chief of State: President Mohamed Ould Cheikh el GHAZOUANI (since 1 August 2019)
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Mohamed Ould BILAL (since 6 August 2020)
  • Assembly: unicameral National Assembly (Al Jamiya Al Wataniya) which consists of 176 seats

Electoral System:

  • The President is directly elected by absolute majority popular vote in 2 rounds if needed. The President serves a 5-year term.
  • The Prime Minister is appointed by the President.
  • 88 members in the National Assembly are elected from one or two seat constituencies via two-round majority vote. The other members 88 are elected from a single, nationwide constituency directly elected by proportional representation vote. Among these 88 national seats, 20 seats are reserved for women, 11 for candidates between the ages of 25-35, and 4 are reserved for diaspora voters. All members serve 5-year terms.

Last Election:

The last presidential election was held in 2019. Mohamed Ould Ghazouani received 483,312 votes (52.01%), Biram Dah Abeid received 172,656 votes (18.58%), and Sidi Mohamed Ould Boubacar received 166,058 (17.87%). All other candidates received less than 10% of the vote. Voter turnout was 63%.

Information for Voters:

كيف أصوت / Comment voter / How to Vote (in Arabic and French)

New/Unique in this Election:

4 seats were added in the National Assembly to represent the Mauritanian diaspora.

Key Deadlines:

  • Candidate filing deadline: 11 May 2024
  • Voter registration deadline: 15 April 2024

Main Candidates in this Election:

  • Mohamed Cheikh El Ghazouani
    • Party: Equity Party / Parti El Insaf / حزب الإنصاف
  • Mohamed Lemine El Mourtaja El Wavi
    • Party: Independent
  • Hamadi Sidi El Mokhtar Mohamed Abdi
    • Party: National Rally for Reform and Development / Rassemblement National pour la Réforme et le Développement / التجمع الوطني للإصلاح و التنمية (RNRD)
  • Otouma Antoine Souleimane Soumare
    • Party: Independent
  • Mamadou Bocar Ba
    • Party: Alliance for Justice and Democracy/Movement for Renewal / Alliance pour la justice et la démocratie/Mouvement pour la rénovation / التحالف من أجل العدالة والديمقراطية / حركة التجديد (AJD/MR)
  • El-Id Mohameden M’bareck
    • Party: Republican Front for Unity and Democracy (part of the coalition Hope Mauritania / Espoir Mauritanie / أمل موريتانيا)
  • Biram Dah Abeid
    • Party: Independent

Population and Registered Voters:

Gender Data:

Disability Data:

  • CRPD Status: Accepted 3 April 2012
  • Projected population with a disability: 757,782 (2022 estimate)

IFES Resources:

  • Does IFES have a presence in Mauritania: Yes, programming
  • Election Snapshot: Yes
  • Election Access: Yes
Election Modified: Jun 27, 2024

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