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 270 members, elected for a nine-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 1956, 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

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

Party Seats Seats % Seat change Votes Votes %
Justice and Development Party80XIncrease 34
Istiqlal Party45XDecrease 7
National rally of independents38XDecrease 1
Authenticity and Modernity Party33XIncrease 33
Socialist Union of Popular Forces29XDecrease 9
Popular movement22XDecrease 19
Constitutional Union15XDecrease 12
Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS)11XDecrease 6
Labour party2XDecrease 3
Party of Renewal and Equity2XDecrease 2
Democtratic and Social Movement (MDS)2XDecrease 7
Environment and Development Party2XDecrease 3
Al Ahd 2XDecrease 12
Front of Democratic Forces1XDecrease 8
Action Party (PA)1XIncrease 1
Union and Democracy Party (PUD)1XIncrease 1
Party of Liberty and Social Justice (PLJS)1XIncrease 1
Green Left Party 1XIncrease 1
Socialist Party (PS)XXX
Moroccan Union for Democracy (UMD)XXX
Citizens' Forces (PFC)XXX
Party of Renaissance and Virtue (PRV)XXX
National Congress Party (PCNI)XXX
Moroccan Liberal Party (PLM)XXX
Social Centre Party (PCS)XXX
Reform and Development Party (PRD)XXX
National Democratic PartyXXX
Party of Hope (PE)XXX
Democratic Society Party (PSD)XXX
Democratic Independence Party (PDI)XXX
Total (turnout 45%)288/39573%


Past elections

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