Official results of Local Council and Women’s Development Committee Elections released by Elections Commission confirm ruling party Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) as the winner of most seats.
MDP won 400 out of the 804 seats they competed for – which made for 40 percent of the total seats, and 49.8 percent of the 804 seats MDP competed for.
Meanwhile, the main opposition party, Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), won 325 of the 647 seats they competed for – which made for 33 percent of total seats, and 50 percent of the seats they competed for.
Government coalition partners Jumhoory Party (JP) won 11 of the 161 seats they competed for, Adhaalath Party (AP) won 11 of the 28 seats they competed for, and Maldives Reform Movement (MRM) won just one of the 15 seats they competed for.
Moreover, Maldives Development Alliance (MDA) won 16 of the 20 seats they competed for, and Maldives Labor and Social Democratic Party (MLSDP) won one of the four seats they competed for.
Around 600 candidates competed independently and 173 out of the 600 won their seats, respectively.
MDP won 25 seats in cities. This includes mayoral seats in three cities: Addu City, Kulhudhuffushi City and Fuvahmulah City. However, they lost the mayoral seat in Male’ City to PPM’s Dr. Muizzu. MDP also lost its long-held majority at the Male’ City Council to PPM with 11 seats.
MDP secured majorities in 18 atolls, including presidential seats in 11 atolls. PPM won the presidential seats in 7 atolls. MDP and PPM won the presidential seats in 71 islands each, and 155 island council member seats each.
The Local Council and Women’s Development Committee Elections were held on April 10 to elect 982 councilors. The elections have created several controversies in terms of both opposition and current ruling party calling for recounting of some ballots to verify the result.
The Elections Commission is set to host a rerun of 12 ballots next month to confirm a winner.