Updated November 2007
The election took place on 30 August 1987.
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 1987 all eight best loser seats were allocated.
According to Lodge et al (2002, 169) voting statistics were:
Registered voters: 639 488
Votes cast: 546 623
Alliance was a coalition of the Mouvement Socialiste Mauricien (MSM), Parti Mauricien Social Démocrate and both Labour Party factions (LP or PTr).
Union was a coalition of the Mouvement Militant Mauricien (MMM), Mouvement Travailliste Démocrat (MTD) and Front des Travailleurs Socialiste (FTS).
|Alliance/Party||Total votes||No voters||% votes||Elected seats||Best loser seats||Total seats||% seats|
|Alliance||817 635||272 545||49.86||39||5||44||62.86|
|Union||789 059||263 019||48.12||21||3||24||34.29|
|Others||33 177||11 059||2.02||2||0||2||2.86|
|Total||1 639 871||546 623||100.00||62||8||70||100.01|
Electoral Commissioners Office 1987a & 1987b, Lodge et al 2002, 169. There is an error in Table 7, presented in Lodge et al on page 170: 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).
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 1987a "Elected Members of the Legislative Assembly Elections, 1987", [www] http://www.gov.mu/portal/site/eco/menuitem.37ba32a3c4783128d6c8662948a521ca/ ?content_id=a0eb55ef0588d010VgnVCM1000000a04a8c0RCRD [opens new window] (accessed 22 Feb 2010).
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LODGE, T, KADIMA, D & POTTIE, D (eds) 2002 Compendium of Elections in Southern Africa, EISA.