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Voting events as they take place in Laamu, Gaafu Alif, Gaafu Dhaalu, Gnyaviyani and Seenu Atoll.

06 April 2019, MVT 11:12
Officials of Elections Commission (EC) at a polling station. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED / MIHAARU
06 April 2019, MVT 11:12

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Voting commences in the southern atolls of Maldives.

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MDP Candidate for Hithadhoo North constituency, Mohamed Aslam, casts his vote.

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Vice President Faisal Naseem casts his ballot for his home constituency, Fuvahmulah

Vice President Faisal Naseem casts his ballot during the Parliamentary Election 2019. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI / MIHAARU

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VP Naseem declares that voting is the most important and called on everyone to fulfil their civil responsibility.

He extended his gratitude, noting that equal voting opportunities are provided for political rivals.

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Police arrested a voter suspected of taking pictures of their ballot paper in Villingili, Gaafu Alif Atoll.

Two police officers operating in polling stations of Villingili, Gaafu Alif Atoll. PHOTO: POLICE MEDIA

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It has been reported that voting commenced late for most of the voting in Hithadhoo, Addu City. This was due to delay in delivering ballot boxes from city council to polling stations.

Local media reported that some difficulties were faced in reporting from the voting station.

According to the reports, media was told that they cannot be allowed to report from the voting room. Additionally, they were told that only one media personnel can enter the room at a time.

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Police arrested three voters at the polling station in Feydhoo School, Addu Atoll, over taking photographs of their ballots.

14:15

Voter turn out not good for Addu City constituencies according to local media.

According to reports, although most of the voting began slightly late for most of the ballots for Addu City, Maradhoo happens to be one area that began voting on time.

Reports state that for ballot box 343 S.03.11 out of the 712 eligible candidates, only 198 voted.

14:20

For Thinadhoo North constituency ballot in Polytechnic in Male', out of 815 registered, 415 has voted.

14:26

Voter turn out going strong for Addu City ballots in Majeedhiyaa School.

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From Addu City, a ballot in Maradhoo Feydhoo for Meedhoo constituency 365 S.07.2.2 is one of the boxes with the highest turnout. Out of 468, only 235 voted.

From Addu, the lowest voter turn out if from Maradhoo constituency, with only 791 voting while 1889 are registered.

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An individual from Madaveli, Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll was summoned for questioning over photographing their ballot paper. Additionally, Police summoned two voters from Rathafadhoo, Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, and one voter from Faresmaathodaa, Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, who displayed their ballot papers after voting.

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