In Maldives, the month long campaign for parliamentary elections will come to an end this evening. Polling will be held tomorrow and preliminary results are expected on Sunday. Campaigning has reached its peak and party candidates are busy organizing concluding events in their respective constituencies.
A total of 386 candidates are in fray for 87 seats including former President Mohamed Nasheed and parliamentary speaker Qasim Ibrahim. A total of 264,589 individuals are eligible to vote in this year’s parliamentary election. The main contest is between Maldives Democratic party (MDP) led by former President Mohammed Nasheed and opposition coalition led by former President Abdulla Yameen.
MDP led by Mr Nasheed is contesting in majority of 85 seats while the main opposition Progressive Party of Maldives and its coalition partner People’s National Congress is contesting 45, the ruling coalition’s Jumhooree Party in 41, 10 from the Labour Party and 9 from the ruling coalition’s Adhaalath Party.
The current election has become interesting as its results will have bearing on the stability of government under President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. President and Mr Nasheed are calling for MDP majority in parliament to ensure the government remains stable and they are able to deliver on their promises.
Mr Solih won the Presidential election last September as coalition candidate of four parties including MDP. However, these parties are contesting separately during Saturday’s selections with MDP seeking support for its Agenda 19 which includes judicial reforms and fighting corruption.