Législatives 2019

Duty to vote right : it is the responsibility of every citizen 

Freedom comes with its sets of responsibilities. Freedom and duty go hand in hand. Mauritius is a free nation; the citizens are breathing under a flag of four colours. Mauritius is reflected as one of the best-governed, most established and prosperous African countries. But what kind of democracy will we be if one fourth of the country’s population does not participate in the General Election, a significant proportion that could, in fact, change the outcome of an election.


A large chunk of the public choose not to vote in general elections in Mauritius. The number of voters abstaining has been on an increase for several decades now. In the last General Election of 2014, around 25 percent registered voters chose not to vote for several reasons. That means one fourth of the population didn’t participate in democracy. There are also a big number of people who have not even registered themselves as a voter despite attaining a voting age. In 2014, more than 40,000 Mauritians aged 18 were not registered as electors. There is more to be added to the list, more than 5,000 votes are declared as invalid during every election. It means there is a big portion of population who don’t participate in the biggest festival of a democratic country, that is the General Election. 

We are heading to the polls in two weeks. It is the responsibility of every citizen to vote. Without doing our duty, one cannot ask for rights. 

Every vote counts

One person’s vote probably won’t change the course of an election. But a few thousand votes — or even a few hundred — certainly can. Consider, for instance, the famous election between George W. Bush and Al Gore in 2000. Once the polling was over, Florida had to recount its votes. In the end, Bush won by 537 votes. That narrow margin decided who became the president of the United States.

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Reasons people don’t vote 

Lack of interest - the first reason people don’t come out on Election Day is simple: They just are not interested. They are so consumed with fulfilling their daily needs that they don’t care which party or candidate wins. They believe that their vote doesn’t count but it does. Every single vote counts in democracy and it can make a difference. If a good candidate is elected, he or she can even make your and all countrymen’s life better with good governance. 

The second reason people don’t vote is they genuinely can’t vote. Some have medical emergencies. Like hundreds of patients who are admitted in hospitals, the women in labor rooms, the prisoners, those living abroad or are abroad on holiday or work, all these people may want to vote but can’t. 

The students who will be sitting for H.SC exams on 7th November. Best wishes to all of them, but along with your own future, think about your country’s future and take some time to go and vote. 

I don’t like the candidate – the youth especially have an issue with this. They think their beliefs are not represented by any candidate. It’s not like there is nothing good other than your own beliefs. Take out some time and listen to what the candidate has to say. Listen to their vision and choose the best out of rest.

Young people who are contacted by an organization or a campaign are more likely to   vote. Additionally, those who discuss an election are more likely to vote. It is very necessary to talk. Talking can inspire people to vote, it can give information, which can help to make up your mind. 
It can be very hard to change someone’s mind about political issues, but a bit of encouragement from fellow progressive citizens can make a difference. So go out and inspire to Vote Right.

Who can vote by proxy?

Voting by proxy is restricted to certain categories of persons, according to the regulations of the relevant elections e.g. for the National Assembly Elections, only the following persons are entitled to vote by proxy: -

(a)    members of the Police and election officers engaged in the performance of duties on election day;
(b)    Service electors or any elector other than a service elector who is -
    (i)    serving as Ambassador, High Commissioner or other principal representative of Mauritius abroad; or
    (ii)    a public officer performing duties on behalf of the Government of Mauritius under a person specified in sub-paragraph (i); or
    (iii)    a member of the family of a person specified in subparagraph (i) or (ii) and forms part of his household abroad;
(c)    any candidate duly nominated for election;
(d)    any public officer who is an elector in Rodrigues and who is serving in the Island of Mauritius; and
(e)    any public officer who is an elector in any constituency in the Island of Mauritius and who is serving in Rodrigues.

Year Voter Turn­out Registration Number of abstentions Voting Age Population Number of invalid votes
2014 74.41% 936,975 239,865 978,887 7551
2010 77.82% 879,897 195,129 942,840 5,775
2005 81.25% 817,356 151,007 881,457 5,922
2000 80.87% 779,431 149,139 792,125 6,829
1995 79.69% 715,179 147,342 736,560 8,832
1991 84.08% 680,836 99,366 695,500 8,051
1987 85.00% 621,885 68,733 642,320 6,529
1983 87.04% 537,122 79,603 610,080 5,298
1982 90% 552,204 55,220 580,360 NA
Source - Statistics Mauritius

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