Jan. 22, 2005 Held


Republic of Maldives

Election for Majlis (Maldivian People's Council)


Results Notes

Voters could vote for multiple candidates, so the total number of cast votes (225,250) exceeds the number of registered voters (156,267). The total cast votes included 221,614 valid votes and 3,636 invalid votes.

Election Results Modified: Feb 05, 2024

General Information

At stake in this election:

  • 42 seats in the People's Council (Majlis)

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Maumoon Abdul GAYOOM *
  • Head of Government: President Maumoon Abdul GAYOOM
  • Assembly: Maldives has a unicameral People's Council (Majlis) with 50 seats.

* The president is both the chief of state and head of government.
Presidential candidates are first nominated by the People's Council and must secure a 51% approval in a national referendum. The president serves a five-year term.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is approved by referendum to serve a 5-year term.
  • In the People's Council (Majlis), 42 members are elected by plurality vote in multi-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms and 8 members are appointed by the president to serve 5-year terms.***

*** Political parties do not exist in Maldives. The Maldivian Democratic Party operates from exile in Sri Lanka.
All seats were secured by independents.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Independent(s): Pro-Government
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in this election: 20
    • Seats won in last election: N/A
  • Independent(s): Endorsed by the Maldives Democratic Party
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in this election: 18
    • Seats won in last election: N/A
  • Independent(s): Independent
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in this election: 4
    • Seats won in last election: N/A

Last Parliamentary election:

  • The last parliamentary election was on November 20, 1999.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 321,000 (2005)
  • Registered Voters: 157,027 (2005)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 159,602 (2005)

·         Is Maldives a signatory to CEDAW: No

·         Has Maldives ratified CEDAW: Yes, acession (1 July 1993)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: No

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 6 (following the 2005 parliamentary elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 104 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A

Disability Data:

·         Is Maldives a signatory to CRPD: Yes (2 October 2007)

·         Has Maldives ratified CRPD: Yes (5 April 2010)

·         Population with a disability: 48,150 (est.)

Election Modified: Jun 21, 2024

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