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Application deadline fixed despite election date change: ECM

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The Elections Commission of the Maldives (ECM) has affirmed that the deadline for submitting applications for the parliamentary election will remain unchanged, regardless of any postponement of the election date.

The parliamentary election was scheduled to be held on March 17. However, the ad hoc committee has approved the postponement of the election until the end of Ramadan. However, the date can only be changed after a parliamentary debate and vote.

The application process for the parliamentary election commenced on January 30 and is set to conclude on February 14 at 1400hrs. Vice President of ECM Ismail Habeeb disclosed that 18 individuals have submitted their application forms so far. He encouraged prompt submission, warning that waiting until the last minute might preclude the opportunity for corrections. He also emphasised that ECM will uphold the deadline, even in the event of a change in the parliamentary election date.

Independent candidates must submit application forms with signatures by 50 supporters from their respective constituencies. Moreover, all candidates must provide records of any criminal convictions, outstanding debts, and details of election-related bank accounts.

Application forms can be submitted at the Dharubaaruge convention centre between 0900 and 1400hrs daily. ECM anticipates receiving between 400 and 600 applications from candidates interested in contesting the election.

Source(s): PsmNews

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MDP fails to defend several seats in parliament

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The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has suffered a huge defeat in the parliamentary elections. MDP has lost many of the seats it has been defending for years. As such, MDP has lost many constituencies they held as ruling party and as the opposition.

As such, MDP lost the seat held by Former President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih for 25 years until he became president which was then preceded by the incumbent parliamentarian Jeehan Mahmood. The seat is led by the candidate who contested from the ruling coalition, People’s National Congress (PNC).

The sitting Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed Aslam, was elected to Parliament with the highest number of votes in the history of Parliament and is a very proficient politician. As per the counted voted, Aslam is set to be defeated by PNC’s candidate.

Hithadhoo Central constituency is also a seat that MDP has been defending. However, journalist Ahmed Azaan won the seat, defeating the MDP candidate and the current Deputy Mayor of Addu City.

In addition, the MDP may face losses in seats in famous constituencies. Preliminary results show that the MDP has suffered a huge defeat. However, this result may change.

Source(s): PsmNews

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PNC secures a supermajority in Parliament

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The main ruling People’s National Congress (PNC) has secured a supermajority in the Parliament, winning over 60 seats.

Over 200,000 Maldivians voted in the parliamentary elections held on Sunday, in which 326 candidates contested for 93 seats in the next parliamentary assembly, including six news seats.

The ruling party’s candidates ran for 90 seats. The candidates who ran in the elections also includes 89 candidates from Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP); 39 candidates from the Democrats; 10 candidates from Jumhoory Party (JP); four candidates from Maldives Development Alliance (MDA); four from Adhaalath Party (AP); two from Maldives National Party (MNP); and 130 independent candidates.

The preliminary results show PNC won over 60 seats, which is roughly two-thirds of total seats.

This does not include the independent candidates who contested with the party’s backing, as well as candidates from MNP and MDA – two parties allied with the ruling coalition.

In the 2019 elections, the then-ruling MDP won a supermajority, with 64 seats. Meanwhile, the then-opposition PPM-PNC coalition won just eight.

And in the 2014 elections, the then-ruling PPM won the majority.

The only ruling party which failed to get a majority was MDP, which was during the 2009 elections.

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President casts ballot in parliamentary election

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President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has cast his vote in the parliamentary elections.

President Muizzu cast his vote at a polling station based in Thaajuddeen School. Following his vote, he urged the public to exercise their right by voting promptly.

The Election Commission of the Maldives (ECM) revealed that the voting will take place between 0800hrs to 1730hrs, highlighting that voting commenced promptly at nearly all polling stations on time.

In the current parliamentary elections, the ruling party People’s National Congress (PNC) led by President Muizzu has nominated candidates to contest in 90 constituencies.

Source(s): PsmNews

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