Mauritius to hold regional elections in December

2012-11-07 13:16:50 GMT2012-11-07 21:16:50(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

PORT-LOUIS, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- The Mauritius Electoral Commission announced on Tuesday evening that the country will hold regional elections in early December.

The residents of villages will hold the polls on Dec. 2 while the city dwellers will go to polls a week later, that is Dec. 9.

The last regional elections were held in 2005. The following elections which were meant to take place in 2010, were postponed several times.

Over 412,000 voters in the country's five municipalities will be asked to elect 90 municipal councillors. The village elections will take place in 136 villages in which 489,000 voters will choose nine councillors in each village.

The forthcoming regional elections will be a test on the popularity of the government of Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam, two years after he was elected in a general election and over a year since the defection of his key ally.

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