Democracy in Mauritius

Democracy Ratings

Freedom House 2018


1.5 out of 7

(where lower scores are more democratic)

Freedom Status:


EIU Democracy Index 2017


8.22 out of 10

(where higher scores are more democratic)

World Ranking:


Polity IV 2016



(from -10 to 10, where higher scores are more democratic)


Full Democracy


Political System

System of Government Parliamentary
Presidential Electoral System Elected by parliament
Presidential Term Limits Two, five-year terms
System of Appointment to Legislature

62 elected through 21 multi-member constituencies

8 ‘best loser’ members appointed by the Supreme Court

Last Legislative Election


Next Legislative Election


Number of Seats in Legislature 70
Female quota, representation in lower house No


Last Legislative election (2014)
Candidate (Party) Votes (%)
1st round 2nd round not needed
Alliance Lepep (MSM–PMSD–ML)[a] 50
PTR/MMM[b] 39
Mauritian Solidarity Front 2
Rezistans ek Alternativ 1
Rodrigues People’s Organisation 1
Mauritian Social Democratic Movement 1
Lalit 1
Rodrigues Movement 1
Agreement for Parliamentary Democracy 1
Les Verts Fraternels 1
Parties with less than 0.5% of the vote 3
Independents 1

Mauritius on DiA

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Jack Corbett and Wouter Veenendaal 

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23 January 2017

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The state of democracy in Africa

14 August 2015

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