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Votes increase for Maduvvari MP elect Shareef after recount

Shahudha Mohamed
11 April 2019, MVT 09:40
Maduvvari MP elect and former Defence Minister Adam Shareef. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED / MIHAARU
Shahudha Mohamed
11 April 2019, MVT 09:40

The number of votes for the current MP elect of Maduvvari constituency and former Minister of Defence, Adam Shareef increased after the recount conducted by Elections Commission on Wednesday.

According to the initially announced tentative results, Adam Shareef secured the Maduvvari seat in the April 6 parliamentary elections by a total of 868 votes. Adam Shiham hailing from Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) came a close second with 851 votes. There was a difference of 17 votes between the two candidates.

The number of votes for Adam Shareef increased when EC confirmed the legitimacy of nine votes that were initially considered void, after recounting three ballot boxes from Maduvvari constituency. Hence, the current difference in votes between Adam Shareef and Adam Shiham now stands at 26 votes.

Elections Commission is recounting various ballot boxes following complaints submitted to the electoral watchdog regarding the tentative results of the election. Several boxes of Maamigili and Maavah constituencies have already been recounted.