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EU hails 'peaceful and democratic' parliamentary elections

Fathmath Shaahunaz
09 April 2019, MVT 09:15
Some delegates of the European Union at the official sit-down with the Maldives' Ministry of Foreign Affairs. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED / MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
09 April 2019, MVT 09:15

Th European Union (EU) on Monday hailed the peaceful and democratic proceedings of the Maldives Parliamentary Elections held on April 6.

In a joint press release with the Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Romania and the UK High Commission, the EU commended the efforts of the Elections Commission (EC) and other relevant authorities for the smooth conduct of voting day.

"We take note of the statement by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih who reassured that he will work together with all to realise the government's pledges to the people", read the statement.

"As steadfast friends of the Maldives, we look forward to supporting the country's efforts towards reform".

Some of the international observers who monitored the elections have also stated that the elections were free, fair, and transparent.

However, they noted that observers local and international must assess candidate campaigns and election mechanisms prior to the commencement of voting, in order to properly observe elections.

Over 220,000 people cast their ballots in the parliamentary elections, marking a record 80 percent voter turnout. According to the tentative results by the EC, the ruling coalition's leading Maldivian Democratic Party attained the super majority of the parliament with 65 out of 87 seats.

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