The Maldives holds Parliamentary Election

06 April 2019

The Maldives holds election to elect 87 members to the People’s Majlis (The Maldives Parliament).

There were 264,442 eligible voters in this election. According to the Elections Commission, 207,360 votes were cast when ballot boxes closed (except in London where ballot boxes will close at 1930pm local time). This is a voter turnout of 78.41%. A total of 386 candidates competed in the election.

There are 501 ballot boxes placed for this election; this includes 144 in the capital City Malé, 307 ballot boxes in the atolls, 33 boxes in the resorts, five in jails, and four boxes in industrial workplaces. Eight ballot boxes were placed abroad in four countries (Thiruvananthapuram, India; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; London, United Kingdom).

The election was held in the presence of representatives of candidates, and observers, including 38 international observers. Local and international monitors were also active in the election, with over 4000 officials assisting in the conduct of the election.

This is the third General Election held after the new constitution came into force in 2008. Previously, elections were held in 2009 and 2014.

Counting of votes began at the polling stations, after the close of the ballot boxes, and interim results will be announced immediately after counting is finished.