A low voter turnout was witnessed during the Mauritian municipal elections held on Sunday in the Island nation’s five towns. elections
Electoral commissioner Irfan Rahman said the turnout was 35.6 percent, which is a 10 percent drop when compared to the previous local elections.
Over 395,000 voters had been expected to turn out to cast their votes but only 140,900 managed to exercise their civic duty during these first elections after last year’s elections that saw the alliance led by Prime Minister Sir Aneerood Jugnauth win the elections.
The low turnout was on one part attributed to lack of enthusiasm among voters and on the other, the expected victory of the governmental camp.
The main opposition grouping led by former Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam, who, along with ten of his close confidants are facing corruption charges and are out on bond, decided to boycott the elections.
The results of the municipal elections are expected to be announced on Monday, June 15, 2015. Enditem



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