LC&WDCE 2021 Permanent Results: EC
Council Elections 2021: MDP win 400 races, but lose super-majority to PPM's 325 seats
Voter turnout recorded at 68 percent of the total eligible population
Main-ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) were able to secure 43 percent of all seats, with opposition Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) having won 34.9 percent
Candidates were elected for 975 seats in local councils, along with an additional 905 positions across Women's Development Committees
President of the Elections Commission Ahmed Shareef at an earlier press conference
Shurufa Mohamed

Permanent results for the Local Council elections held across the Maldives on 10 April 2021, have shown main-ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MPD) in the lead with a majority of 400 seats secured in the election.

Main-opposition party Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) were able to win 325 seats in the elections, which is 34.9 percent of all seats, while MDP's 400 seats represent 43 percent of seats won in the elections.

The elections held earlier in April were the first time two elections were conducted simultaneously across the Maldives, with 3,814 candidates who contested for seats across 220 constituencies and 181 women's development committees across the Maldives. A total of 982 persons were elected for council seats, with a further 930 people elected for Women's Development Committees, which equals to 1,912 candidates elected with the result of April's vote.

EC President Ahmed Shareef confirmed at a press conference held on Saturday that MDP had been able to secure 400 seats from the election with 804 candidates contesting. PPM had secured 325 seats with 646 candidates running in the polls.

The Elections Commission has only revealed the results of the Local Council Elections, with permanent results of the Women's Development Committee Elections still pending.

Permanent Results

Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)

3 Mayoral seats

18 City Council seats

11 Atoll Council seats

71 Island Council seats

155 Council Member seats

142 Women Representatives seats

Total number of seats won in the elections: 400

Percentage of votes received: 43.4%

Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM)

Mayoral seat for Male' City

16 City Council seats

7 Atoll Council seats

51 Island Council seats

121 Council Member seats

129 Women Representatives seats

Total number of seats won in the elections: 325

Percentage of votes received: 38.2%


Jumhooree Party (JP)

115 candidates

23 seats won

Percentage of votes received: 2.8%

Adhaalath Party (AP)

28 candidates

11 seats won

Percentage of votes received: 0.7%

Maldives Development Alliance (MDA)

20 candidates

16 seats won

Percentage of votes received: 1.1%

Independent candidates

3 City Council seats

37 Island Council seats

71 Council Member seats

62 Women Representatives seats

Percentage of votes received: 13.5%

Vote distribution

Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP): 43.4%

Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM): 38.2%

Jumhooree Party (JP): 2.8%

Adhaalath Party (AP): 0.7%

Maldives Development Alliance (MDA): 1.1%

Maldives Reform Movement (MRM): 0.2%

282,073 eligible voters

186,253 votes cast

94,306 men voters

92,217 women voters

Voter turnout for the elections exceeded expectations amid the global Covid-19 pandemic at 68 percent of all eligible voters.

Percentage of votes cast across Maldives

68% of eligible voters cast ballots outside the capital

39.19% of eligible voters cast ballots in Male' City

47.08% of eligible voters cast ballots in Addu City

56.44% of eligible voters cast ballots in Kulhudhuffushi City

75.41% of eligible voters cast ballots in Fuvahmulah City

82% of eligible voters cast ballots from Faafu Atoll

81% of eligible voters cast ballots from Dhaalu Atoll

80% of eligible voters cast ballots from Vaavu Atoll

Elections Commission President Ahmed Shareef concluded the press conference by stating that the elections had been seen through without major challenges. However, EC President Shareef noted that the number of invalid votes cast in this year's elections were comparatively higher than before between 10 and 12 percent. Shareef stated that this might be due to a lack of voter awareness, as two elections were hosted simultaneously under time constraints and difficult conditions.

Last updated at: 3 weeks ago
Reviewed by: Imad Latheef
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