Addu City Mayoral Candidate for Opposition, Latheef casts ballot

PPM Addu City Mayoral candidate casts his ballot | Photo: Vaguthu

Addu City, Maldives – Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) candidate Mohamed Latheef has cast his vote in the Addu City mayoral race.

Latheef voted in the Hithadhoo, beyrumathi ballot box.

Latheef is one of three candidates running for Addu City mayor in the the Local Council Election (LCE) and the Women’s Development Committees (WDC) election. The other two candidates are MDP candidate Ali Nizar and independent candidate Ibrahim Thahir.

The PPM candidate Latheef has filled a number of managerial roles including Managing Director of Addu International Airport and Chairman of Maldives Road Development Corporation.

100,829 votes have been cast as of 13:50 today, which is approximately 37% of the eligible voting population for the Local Council Election and the Women’s Development Committees (WDC) election. EC has previously estimated that 38 to 40 percent of the eligible voters will vote in this election. The voter turnout is observed to be low in comparison to other years.

Elections Commission had previously stated that a total of 273,182 eligible voters will be there for today’s vote and out of that 5,134 are those who turned 18 within the year by which the election was postponed.

EC Shareef had raised concerns over the lack of voters present at some of the polling stations for the local council elections earlier this morning.

According to the latest statistics revealed by the Local Council Elections, while there are a total of 713 polling stations present in the atolls and in the Capital Male’ area of Maldives for Local Council Elections and Women’s Development Committee, only 518 polling stations has begun their work.