Mauritius: 1982 Legislative Assembly election results

Updated May 2010

The election took place on 11 June 1982.

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 1982 four best loser seats were allocated, two each to PAN and to PMSD.

According to Lodge et al (2002, 168) voting statistics were:
Registered voters: 540 000
Votes cast: 471 196
Turnout: 87.3%

Electoral Aliances and parties

Alliance MMM/PSM was formed from the Mouvement Militant Mauricien (MMM) and Parti Socialiste Mauricien (PSM)
Parti d'Alliance National was an alliance of Labour Party, Muslim Action Committee and dissidents from the PMSD.

Results overview

Alliance/Party Total votes No voters % votes Elected seats Best loser seats Total seats % seats
Alliance MMM/PSM 906 900 302 300 64.16 60 0 60 90.91
Parti d'Alliance National (PAN) 364 410 121 470 25.78 0 2 2 3.03
Parti Mauricien Social Démocrate (PMSD) 110 129 36 710 7.79 0 2 2 3.03
Others 32 148 10 716 2.27 *2 0 2 3.03
Total 1 413 587 471 196 100.00 62 4 66 100.00

*Note: These two seats were won by the Organisation du Peuple de Rodrigues (OPR - Organization of the People of Rodrigues. Kasenally 2009, 299).

Table sources

Electoral Commissioners Office 1982a & 1982b, Lodge et al 2002, 167. There is an error in Table 5, presented in Lodge et al on page 167: The "Others" are allocated two best loser seats that were, in fact, elected seats. These were won by the Organisation du Peuple de Rodrigues (OPR).

References

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 1982a "Elected Members of the Legislative Assembly Elections, 1982", [www] http://www.gov.mu/portal/site/eco/menuitem.37ba32a3c4783128d6c8662948a521ca/ ?content_id=81fd4cc3d498d010VgnVCM1000000a04a8c0RCRD [opens new window] (accessed 22 Feb 2010).

ELECTORAL COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE 1982b "The Legislative Assembly Elections 1982: Additional Seats allocated, according to the relevant legislation", [www] http://www.gov.mu/portal/site/eco/menuitem.37ba32a3c4783128d6c8662948a521ca/ ?content_id=bbc0ba5a55a7d010VgnVCM1000000a04a8c0RCRD [opens new window] (accessed 22 Feb 2010).

KASENALLY, R 2009 "Chapter 8: Mauritius" IN Kadima, D & Booysen, S (eds) Compendium of Elections in Southern Africa 1989-2009: 20 Years of Multiparty Democracy, EISA, Johannesburg

LODGE, T, KADIMA, D & POTTIE, D (eds) 2002 Compendium of Elections in Southern Africa, EISA.

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