Mauritius is a sovereign democratic state, with a President as the Head of the state and its electoral system is based on first past the post one.
The present National Assembly comprises 62 elected members (the 20 Constituencies of Mauritius returning 3 members each whilst Rodrigues, the 21st constituency, returns 2 members). Furthermore, 8 additional seats are allocated to non-elected party candidates in order to ensure a fair and adequate representation of each community and party in the Assembly.
The Constitution of Mauritius sets out the management structure for the organisation and conduct of elections. It also provides for the delimitation of constituencies and the review thereof every 10 years or whenever the need arises.
The Representation of the People Act, the Rodrigues Regional Assembly Act, the Local Government Act and Regulations governing the National Assembly, Rodrigues Regional Assembly, Local Government Council Elections are, inter alia, the principal instruments governing the organisation and conduct of elections.
Our Vision is to provide independent, impartial, ethical and professional electoral service to all stakeholders in the electoral process and to maintain strong public confidence.
- To demonstrate excellence and leadership in electoral matters.
- To serve the needs of electors and legislators alike in an innovative, cost-effective and professional manner.
- To enforce electoral legislation and carry out all our statutory functions impartially, using resources efficiently, effectively and economically.
- To increase public confidence in the electoral system by the introduction of modern technology.
- To promote and maintain openness and transparency.
- To encourage best practice in the conduct and organization of elections.
- To encourage greater participation in, and increased understanding of, the democratic process.
- To make sure that all voters have access to the electoral system.
- To maintain an accurate register of electors for National Assembly Elections, Local Government Elections and Rodrigues Regional Assembly Elections.
- To provide training to election officers.
- To register political parties as and when required.
- To provide a level playing field to political parties so that elections are seen to be free and fair.