World Bulletin / News Desk
Partial results of legislative elections in Mauritania have showed the ruling Union for the Republic Party leading in most constituencies, local media reported on Monday.
Three opposition parties – the National Assembly for Reform and Development, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in Mauritania; the leftist Popular Progressive Alliance; and Al-Wiam Democratic and Social Party – are also doing well in the elections, newspapers said.
The Union for the Republic Party has fielded candidates in all constituencies, bolstering its electoral prospects.
The opposition National Assembly for Reform and Development, for its part, is fielding parliamentary candidates for the first time since its establishment in 2007.
However, preliminary results of municipal elections – which are being conducted simultaneously – showed the opposition National Assembly for Reform and Development and the Popular Progressive Alliance scoring better than the ruling party in six out of the nine provinces in which polls were held last Saturday.
The ruling party is expected to vie against rival parties in capital Nouakchott in the second round of elections in the event that no candidate manages to garner a clear majority of votes (50 percent of the votes plus 1).
No exact date for the second round of elections has yet been set, but officials say it could be held within two weeks.
The election commission will not announce final results of the polling until Monday morning.
The commission had earlier said it was tallying the votes slowly to ensure the credibility and transparency of the process.
The commission said that 60 percent of eligible voters had turned out to vote across Mauritania on Saturday.
Thousands of Mauritanians ballots on Saturday to select 218 municipal councilmen and 147 members for parliament.Last Mod: 25 Kasım 2013, 12:14