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2009 Maldivian parliamentary election

Parliamentary elections were held in the Maldives on 9 May 2009.[1]

2009 Maldivian parliamentary election

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All 77 seats in the Majlis of the Maldives
  First party Second party Third party
  Maumoon-Abdul-Gayoom.jpg Mohamed Nasheed by UNDP.jpg Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom in January 2014.jpg
Leader Maumoon Abdul Gayoom Mohamed Nasheed Abdulla Yameen
Party DRP MDP PA
Last election 28 seats, 32.3% 18 seats, 31.1%
Seats won 28 26 7
Seat change Steady Increase 15 New
Popular vote 40,886 51,184 8,283
Percentage 24.60% 30.80% 4.99%
Swing Decrease7.69% Decrease0.29% Increase4.99%

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BackgroundEdit

Political parties in the Maldives were legalised on 2 June 2005 after a unanimous vote in the Majlis which allowed a multi-party system to contest presidential and parliamentary elections after 30 years of autocratic rule by Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.[2] On 28 October 2008, Mohamed Nasheed, leader of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) defeated Gayoom in the country's democratic presidential elections.[3] Following the election, Nasheed and Mohammed Waheed Hassan were sworn in as the President and Vice President on 11 November in a special session of the Majlis at the Dharubaaruge.[4][5][6]

Electoral systemEdit

On 10 February 2009, the Majlis voted 36–0 (with one abstention) to pass the Parliamentary Constituencies Bill, which Nasheed signed into law later that day. It was the first act he signed as president after being inaugurated in November 2008.[7] In the law, each administrative atoll's population determines how many electoral constituencies will be created. On 9 March 2009, the Elections Commission of the Maldives announced there were 214,405 eligible voters.

ResultsEdit

The result in constituency N-02 Thimarafushi Dhaairaa was annulled due to irregularities and reported intimidation by the MDP at one polling region;[8] polling was repeated on 11 July 2009.[9] According to preliminary results, the MDP still won the seat.[10]

Group Votes % Seats
Maldivian Democratic Party 51,184 30.81 26
Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party 40,886 24.62 28
People's Alliance 8,283 4.99 7
Republican Party 7,001 4.22 1
Dhivehi Qaumee Party 5,854 3.52 2
Adhaalath Party 1,487 0.90 0
Social Liberal Party 674 0.41 0
Gaumee Itthihaad 518 0.31 0
Islamic Democratic Party 214 0.13 0
Maldives National Congress 119 0.07 0
Poverty Alleviating Party 50 0.03 0
Independents 49,835 30.00 13
Total 166,105 100 77
Source: Electoral Commission of the Maldives

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Elections Commission: Parliamentary elections will be held on 9 May". Haveeru Daily Online. Archived from the original on March 7, 2009. Retrieved March 10, 2009.
  2. ^ BBC News (June 2, 2005). "Maldives MPs back democracy move". Retrieved February 11, 2009.
  3. ^ "Maldives president loses election". The Sydney Morning Herald. Agence France-Presse. 2008-10-29. Retrieved 2008-10-29.
  4. ^ "New Maldives president sworn in". BBC News. November 11, 2008. Retrieved February 11, 2009.
  5. ^ "www.miadhu.com.mv, Nasheed sworn in as Maldives new President".[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "BBC NEWS - World - South Asia - 'Anni' heralds new era in Maldives". news.bbc.co.uk.
  7. ^ "The President ratifies the Bill on Parliamentary Constituencies". The President's Office. Retrieved February 12, 2009.
  8. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Elections Commission to appeal Thimarafushi case in Supreme Court". Haveeru online. 2009-06-24. Archived from the original on 2011-06-17.
  10. ^ [2][permanent dead link]