6 Issues of Local Council Elections submitted to High Court

Election officials checking a voters list outside a Local Council Elections polling station in Addu City | Photo: The Times of Addu

Malé, Maldives – High Court of the Maldives has accepted 6 cases regarding last months Local Council and Women’s Development Committee (WDC) Elections.

While the public was allowed until last night to submit their complaints regarding the Elections to the High Court, the court has stated that within the allocated time frame, they received 15 complaints regarding the elections out of which 6 cases were accepted.

They also noted that some cases which were accepted have been sent back by the court for revisions. The court however, did not reveal the involved constituencies.

The Elections Act state that the first phase of complaints must go through the high court, and must be submitted and settled in a set time frame.

Elections Commission (EC) previously announced that the ruling party, MDP won 400 seats and the most competitive opposition party, PPM won 325 seats in the elections.

A total of 2,234 candidates competed in the Local Council Elections that was held this year. EC Shareef noted that this is the most amount of candidates ever to participate in a Local Council Elections throughout the history of Maldives. However, only 68% of the Maldives population voted in the elections out of which only 39% of the people eligible to vote in Male’ area had voted.