Maldives will today vote for the Local Council and Women’s Development Committee.
The voting for members and presidents of island, city, and atoll-level councils will commence today.
In total, 982 representatives will be elected to govern 200 Local Councils, divided as follows:
• 46 seats on four City Councils;
• 918 seats on 178 Island Councils; and
• 18 seats on 18 Atoll Councils (in addition to the 178 island councilors who also serve on the Atoll
The election will play a key role in decentralization reforms and demonstrated commitment from the central government to advance the decentralization goals, the new local councilors and WDC members will have a critical mandate to enact the provisions laid out in the Decentralization Act.
The local council election will play a huge role in implementing the Decentralization Act. It will be crucial for the development of islands outside the Male’ and to stop the dependence on Capital Male’ City for necessary services such as education and healthcare.
Competition between MDP and the opposition PNC remains as fierce as ever. Both sides will fight for the majority in major cities to absorb the control of the future of the country.