Maldives – Only 11,500 people have cast their ballots so far in the Maldivian Democratic Party’s (MDP) presidential primary, according to polling station figures.
According to polling station officials, while more than 57,000 people are eligible to vote in the MDP primary, only 20 percent of the eligible voters have cast their ballots so far.
So far, 1,200 people have voted in Malé City. This is 17 percent of the registered voters according to the figures released before the MDP primary. 6,700 people have registered to vote in the capital.
Apart from the city, the largest number of people registered to vote in Addu City. 7,800 people have registered in Addu.
Voting for the primary election to select a candidate for the upcoming presidential election began at 9:00 am today. Complaints about the voters list have increased as polling continues in the city and the provinces.
Clashes broke out between officials of the two candidates at some polling stations and some polling stations were temporarily closed. Voting deadline is 5 p.m.