1971 Mauritanian general election

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General elections were held in Mauritania on 8 August 1971 to elect a President and National Assembly, the first time the two elections had been held together. At the time, the country was a one-party state with the Mauritanian People's Party (PPM) as the sole legal party. Its leader, incumbent President Moktar Ould Daddah, was the only candidate in the presidential election, and was re-elected unopposed to a third term in office,[1] whilst the PPM won all 50 seats in the National Assembly election. Voter turnout for the parliamentary election was reported to be 95.6%.[2]


Mauritania came under the direct control of the French Colonial Empire during 1933.[3] After independence on 28 November 1960, the country declared itself the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, with Ould Daddah becoming its first President.[3] He declared the country a one-party state in 1964, and during 1965 all parties merged with the ruling Mauritanian Assembly Party to form the Mauritanian People's Party.[3]


Moktar Ould Daddah, the incumbent President and winner of the 1966 Presidential elections


Candidate Party Votes %
Moktar Ould Daddah Mauritanian People's Party 512,708 100
Invalid/blank votes 2,413
Total 515,121 100
Registered voters/turnout 534,994 96.3
Source: Nohlen et al.

National Assembly[edit]

All the Mauritanian People's Party candidates were elected unopposed.[4]

Party Votes % Seats
Mauritanian People's Party 504,406 100 50
Invalid/blank votes 7,008
Total 511,414 100 50
Registered voters/turnout 534,994 95.6
Source: Nohlen et al.


  1. ^ "Elections in Mauritania". African Elections Database. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  2. ^ Nohlen, D; Krennerich, M; Thibaut, B (1999). Elections in Africa: A data handbook. p. 594. ISBN 0-19-829645-2.
  3. ^ a b c Europa Publications (2003). A Political Chronology of Africa. Routledge. p. 285. ISBN 9781135356668.
  4. ^ Shillington, Kevin, ed. (2013). Encyclopedia of African History 3-Volume Set. Routledge. p. 959. ISBN 9781135456702.

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