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EC to open applications for Parliamentary Election late Jan

22 January 2019, MVT 16:51
Maldives Parliament during one of its sessions. PHOTO: MALDIVES PARLIAMENT
22 January 2019, MVT 16:51

The Election’s Commission (EC) announced that applications to contest in the Parliamentary Elections will begin on January 28.

Election Commission's member Ahmed Akram noted that the total number of constituencies is 87, following the addition of two seats since the last elections held in 2014.

EC has laid out the rules and regulations in preparation for the upcoming elections.

Candidates, both independent and those representing parties, have commenced their election campaigns.

The upcoming elections are widely regarded as the most competitive till date, with former Presidents, Ministers and existing parliamentary members competing for the constituencies.

The ruling coalition agreed to join forces for the Parliamentary Elections, similar to the Presidential Election last year September. However, the agreement was violated by Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), which has led to rifts within the coalition.

MDP recently held their parliamentary primaries for 86 constituencies. Due to a lack of candidates, MDP did not contest for Nilandhooo constituency.

Jumhooree Party (JP), Maumoon Reform Movement (MRM) and Adhaalath Party (AP) are currently handpicking candidates for the upcoming elections in April. Meanwhile, AP has announced that it will hold only one primary election, for Inguraidhoo constituency.

The current parliamentary term saw the least amount of sittings in the history of Maldives.