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EC recounts Maavah ballots, ex-minister's win disputed

08 April 2019, MVT 21:07
Former Economic Minister Mohamed Saeed speaks at a PPM gathering. FILE PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU
08 April 2019, MVT 21:07

Elections Commission (EC) has decided to recount votes in three ballot boxes in Maavah, Laamu Atoll, the constituency won in the recent parliamentary elections by Former Minister of Economic Development and current Vice President of People’s National Congress (PNC), Mohamed Saeed.

Although EC confirmed that ballots will be recounted, they did not divulge any details.

The constituency is comprised of the islands of Maavah, Hithadhoo and Kunahandhoo.

While there were 2,789 eligible voters in the constituency, Saeed won with a difference of 5 votes. He was contested by Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) candidate Ibrahim Falah.

According to local media, EC made the decision to recount the votes over Falah's allegation that Saeed won the lead due to invalid votes being counted in his favour

In addition Saeed and Falah, two other candidates contested for the constituency.

Saeed had played a leading role in development projects of former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s administration.

His win in the constituency resulted in the opposition alliance of Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and PNC winning a total of seven parliamentary seats in total.

The 2019 parliamentary elections concluded with MDP winning a super-majority, having attained 65 parliamentary seats.

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