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April 21, 2024 Confirmed

Maldives

Republic of Maldives

Election for Majlis (Maldivian People's Council)


General Information

At Stake in this Election:

  • All 87 seats in the Maldivian People’s Council

Government Structure:

  • Chief of State: President Mohamed MUIZZI (since 17 November 2023)
  • Head of Government: President Mohamed MUIZZI (since 17 November 2023)
  • Assembly: unicameral People's Council (ރައްޔިތުންގެ މަޖިލިސް / Rayyithunge Majlis) with 87 seats

Electoral System:

  • The President is elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system and may serve up to two 5-year terms.
  • In the People's Council, 87 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms. There are no term limits.

Last Election:

In the 2019 legislative election, the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) won a majority in the People’s Council with 65 seats. Three additional parties and seven independents also won seats. Voter turnout was 81.32%.

Information for Voters:

The 2024 Parliamentary Elections – Material /  ރައްޔިތުންގެ މަޖިލީހުގެ އިންތިޚާބު 2024 މެޓީރިއަލް (In Dhivehi)

New/Unique in this Election:

The election date was rescheduled from 17 March to 21 April 2024 to avoid coinciding with Ramadan.

Key Deadlines:

  • Candidate filing deadline: 14 February 2024
  • Voter registration deadline: N/A, voter registration is passive

Main Parties in this Election:

  • Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)
    • Seats won in last election: 65 out of 87
  • Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM)
    • Seats won in last election: 8 out of 87 (in coalition with the PNC)
  • People’s National Congress (PNC)
    • Seats won in last election: 8 out of 87 (in coalition with the PPM)
  • Jumhuri Party (JP)
    • Seats won in last election: 5 out of 87
  • Maldives Development Alliance (MDA)
    • Seats won in last election: 2 out of 87
  • Adhaalath Party (AP)
    • Seats won in last election: 0 out of 87
  • The Democrats
    • Seats won in last election: 0 out of 87
  • Maldives Reform Movement (MRM)
    • Seats won in last election: 0 out of 87
  • Maldives National Party (MNP)
    • Seats won in last election: 0 out of 87
  • Maldives Thirdway Democrats (MTD)
    • Seats won in last election: 0 out of 87

Population and Registered Voters:

Gender Data:

Disability Data:

  • CRPD Status: Signed 2 October 2007, Ratified 5 April 2010
  • Projected population with a disability: 83,806 (2022 est.)

IFES Resources:

  • Does IFES have a presence in the Maldives: Yes, office
  • Election Snapshot: Yes
  • Election Access: Yes
  • Election Judgements: Yes, 1 judgement and 3 resources
Election Modified: Apr 16, 2024

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