Is it time to let go? The best loser system in Mauritius

Show simple item record Fessha, Yonatan Nam, Nora Ho Tu 2016-05-05T12:31:40Z 2016-05-05T12:31:40Z 2015
dc.description.abstract As Mauritius was moving towards independence, one contested issue was the electoral system to be adopted. Minority groups were wary of any electoral system which would allow for a Hinduhegemony and which would leave them unable to access power. To respond to this anxiety, Mauritius adopted the best loser system (BLS), a unique system of ethnic representation in the national parliament. This contribution examines how the adoption of BLS, has over the years, contributed to the management of ethnic diversity. More importantly, it examines the current debate regarding the contemporary relevance of BLS to today’s Mauritius. At times heavily criticized for its communal and ethnic undertones, BLS has ensured continued minority representation in parliament. The article argues that one must be cautious about dismissing the relevance of inclusive institutions such as BLS as such an attitude might well undermine the move towards a more united Mauritius. en_ZA
dc.description.department Centre for Human Rights en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2016 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Fessha, Y & Nam, NHT 2015, 'Is it time to let go? The best loser system in Mauritius', Afrika Fokus, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 63-79. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0772-084X (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2031-356X (online)
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Gents Africa Platform (GAP) and Afrika Brug en_ZA
dc.rights Gents Africa Platform (GAP) and Afrika Brug en_ZA
dc.subject Parliamentary representation en_ZA
dc.subject Minorities en_ZA
dc.subject Mauritius en_ZA
dc.subject Best loser system (BLS) en_ZA
dc.subject Ethnic representation en_ZA
dc.subject National parliament en_ZA
dc.subject Ethnicity en_ZA
dc.title Is it time to let go? The best loser system in Mauritius en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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