§ Mr. Braine
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies details of the number of votes and seats secured by each party in the last General Election in Mauritius.
§ Mr. Lennox-Boyd
The votes cast at the last General Election were:
- For Mauritius Labour Party Candidates, 131,468.
- For Ralliement Candidates, 80,541.
- For Independents, 80,781.
The seats won were 13, 2 and 4, respectively.
I trust that these figures will remove any misunderstanding which may have arisen from my statement on 26th October that the people who had the most votes had the fewest seats. The Mauritius Labour Party had a large majority over any other one group, though the number of votes cast for candidates with other affiliations exceeded the Labour Party vote. On the other hand the number of seats won by Labour Party candidates was more than double the number won by other candidates.