President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Sunday ratified the fifth amendment to the Constitution, extending the term of local councils from three to five years.
The parliament passed the bill on December 3, with all 60 lawmakers present at the sitting voting unanimously in favour.
As per the new amendment, Article 231 (a) of the Constitution now states that members of island and city councils shall be democratically elected by their respective communities with an undisclosed vote. Article 231 (b) states that presidents and mayors of islands, atolls and cities will also be elected with an undisclosed democratic vote.
Moreover, the bill stipulates that the new amendments will be applied in the upcoming local council elections, which will be held in 2020.
The newly ratified Act has been published in the Government Gazette, and thus is in immediate effect.