Elections in Morocco

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Elections in Morocco are held on a national level for the legislature. Parliament has two chambers. The Assembly of Representatives of Morocco (Majlis AL-Nuwab/Assemblée des Répresentants) has 325 members elected for a five-year term, 295 elected in multi-seat constituencies and 30 in national lists consisting only of women. The Assembly of Councillors (Majlis al-Mustasharin) has 120 members, elected for a six-year term, elected by local councils (162 seats), professional chambers (91 seats) and wage-earners (27 seats).

Morocco has had a multi-party system since independence in 1955, with numerous parties in which no one party often has a chance of gaining power alone, and parties must work with each other to form coalition governments. Since Morocco considers Western Sahara as part of its territory and administers large parts of it, the elections are also held there.

2006 fraud affair[edit]

On October 2006, as many as 67 people were arrested for election fraud allegations related to the September 8, 2006 polls.[1] Among them there were 17 lawmakers (12 from the Assembly of Councillors and 5 from the Assembly of Representatives). It was the first time the Moroccan government made such arrests.

Latest elections[edit]


Party Constituency Nationwide Total
seats
+/–
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
Women Youth
Justice and Development Party 1,571,659 27.14 98 1,618,963 27.88 18 9 125 +18
Authenticity and Modernity Party 1,205,444 20.82 81 1,216,552 20.95 14 7 102 +55
Istiqlal Party 621,280 10.73 35 620,041 10.68 7 4 46 –14
National Rally of Independents 558,875 9.65 28 544,118 9.37 6 3 37 –15
Popular Movement 409,085 7.06 20 397,085 6.84 5 2 27 –5
Socialist Union of Popular Forces 367,622 6.35 14 359,600 6.19 4 2 20 –19
Party of Progress and Socialism 279,226 4.82 7 273,800 4.72 3 2 12 –6
Constitutional Union 268,813 4.64 15 263,720 4.54 3 1 19 –4
Federation of the Democratic Left 139,793 2.41 2 164,575 2.83 0 0 2 New
Democratic and Social Movement 74,472 1.29 3 77,630 1.34 0 0 3 +1
Covenant and Restoration Alliance 49,040 0.85 0 51,906 0.89 0 0 0 New
Front of Democratic Forces 51,945 0.90 0 49,360 0.85 0 0 0 –1
Environment and Sustainable Development Party 35,645 0.62 0 35,167 0.61 0 0 0 –2
Unity and Democracy Party 20,240 0.35 1 23,574 0.41 0 0 1 0
New Democratic Party 17,003 0.29 0 19,284 0.33 0 0 0 New
Party of Renaissance and Virtue 15,522 0.27 0 14,955 0.26 0 0 0 0
Party of Liberty and Social Justice 10,811 0.19 0 14,735 0.25 0 0 0 –1
Democratic Independence Party 13,097 0.23 0 13,418 0.23 0 0 0 0
Renaissance Party 11,194 0.19 0 12,710 0.22 0 0 0 New
Party of Hope 7,747 0.13 0 9,117 0.16 0 0 0 0
Labour Party 2,910 0.05 0 7,228 0.12 0 0 0 –4
Social Centre Party 6,156 0.11 0 6,977 0.12 0 0 0 0
Moroccan Union for Democracy 5,266 0.09 0 6,379 0.11 0 0 0 0
Democratic Society Party 3,046 0.05 0 5,110 0.09 0 0 0 0
Reform and Development Party 16,501 0.28 0 0 0
Green Left Party 13,389 0.23 1 1 0
National Democratic Party 5,115 0.09 0 0 0
Independents 9,656 0.17 0 0 0
Invalid/blank votes
Total 5,790,552 100 305 5,806,004 100 60 30 395 0
Registered voters/turnout 15,702,592 15,702,592
Source: CEC (Votes) Le Matin (Total seats, Women's seats)

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