Malé, Maldives – Elections Commission has released preliminary results for 90% of the Local Council Election and Women’s Development Committee (WDC)’s Election held on 10 April 2021.
The Vice President of the Elections Commission Ismail Habeeb tweeted that the preliminary results majority of the seats have been released to the public. As of present, preliminary results for 91% of the Local Council Election seats, and 86% of WDC seats have been released.
The elections were held on April 10, Saturday, and voter turnout was higher than expected. Election Commission stated that out of the total 273,128 eligible voters, 67% voted.
The preliminary results show that for the Malé city council, opposition party PPM has won 13 seats including the Mayoral seat. Ruling party MDP won 6 seats while Jumhooreee Party won 1 seat. As for the atoll council presidential seats, MDP won 11 seats while opposition PPM won 7 seats. MDP won 3 out of 4 city mayors as well.
While ruling party MDP summarily won majority seats this Local Council Election, PPM has won seats in MDP strongholds such as HA. Ihavandhoo, GDh. Thinadhoo, and Addu City, while taking majority seats over capital city Malé.