Updated November 2007
The election took place on 23 December 1976.
Up to eight seats, in addition to those contested in the multimember constituency contests, are allocated to "best losers" by the Electoral Supervisory Commission "[i]n order to ensure a fair and adequate representation of each community", in terms of Section 38 of the Constitution of 1968. In 1976 all eight best loser seats were allocated, four to the MMM, three to the IP and one to PMSD.
According to Lodge et al (2002, 166) voting statistics were:
Registered voters: 460 100
Votes cast: 404 918
The Independence Party (IP) was an alliance of Labour Party and the Muslim Action Committee.
|Alliance/Party||Total votes||No voters||% votes||Elected seats||Best loser seats||Total seats||% seats|
|MMM||469 420||156 473||38.64||30||4||34||48.57|
|IP||460 401||153 467||37.90||25||3||28||40.00|
|PMSD||192 029||65 579||16.20||7||1||8||11.43|
|Others||88 197||29 399||7.26||0||0||0||0.00|
|Total||1 210 047||404 918||100.00||62||8||70||100.00|
Electoral Commissioners Office 1976a & 1976b, Lodge et al 2002, 166.
CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF MAURITIUS 1968, [www] http://www.gov.mu/portal/site/AssemblySite/menuitem.ee3d58b2c32c60451251701065c521ca/ [opens new window] (accessed 22 Feb 2010).
ELECTORAL COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE 1976a "Elected Members of the Legislative Assembly Elections, 1976", [www] http://www.gov.mu/portal/site/eco/menuitem.37ba32a3c4783128d6c8662948a521ca/ ?content_id=b51dc665c638d010VgnVCM1000000a04a8c0RCRD [opens new window] (accessed 22 Feb 2010).
ELECTORAL COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE 1976b "The Legislative Assembly Elections 1976: Additional Seats allocated, according to the relevant legislation", [www] http://www.gov.mu/portal/site/eco/menuitem.37ba32a3c4783128d6c8662948a521ca/ ?content_id=f7875835c207d010VgnVCM1000000a04a8c0RCRD [opens new window] (accessed 22 Feb 2010).
LODGE, T, KADIMA, D & POTTIE, D (eds) 2002 Compendium of Elections in Southern Africa, EISA.