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Maldives

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People's Majlis

Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
22.03.2014
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
27.05.2014
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
31.03.2019
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
85
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
302
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
279
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
23
The number of women candidates is not available from authoritative sources.
No
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
7.62%
Number of parties contesting the election This field may include either the number of parties contesting the election, or the number of coalitions/electoral alliance.
6

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
240,652
Votes Number of people who actually voted
187,547
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
77.93%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom's Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and its allies - the Jumhooree Party (JP) and Maldives Development Alliance (MDA) - won a total of 53 seats in the enlarged 85-member People's Majlis, up from 78 (see note). The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) of former President Mohamed Nasheed took 26 seats. Following the elections, three independent candidates-elect and one MDP member joined the PPM, thereby giving the PPM-led coalition a two-thirds majority (57 seats) in the new legislature. Mr. Gayoom, who founded the PPM in 2011 after resigning from the Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP), called on voters' support "for the development and progress of the Maldivian nation". President Abdulla Yameen (PPM), a half-brother of Mr. Gayoom, promised to rescue the country's economy so as to develop the health and education sectors. Mr. Nasheed (MDP) who lost to Mr. Yameen in the run-off presidential elections in November 2013, accused the PPM-led government of not doing enough to create jobs. Note: The statutory number of members of parliament was increased due to an increase in the size of the population. Article 71 (a) of the Constitution provides for two members for the first 5,000 residents in each administrative division and one additional member per 5,000 residents in excess of the first 5,000.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
5
Percentage of parties winning seats The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of parties which won parliamentary representation by the number of parties contesting the election.
83.33%
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
38.82%
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
Not applicable
Note on the alternation of power
presidential system
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) 33
Maldives Democratic Party (MDP) 26
Jumhooree Party (Republican Party, JP) 15
Independents 5
Maldives Development Alliance (MDA) 5
Adhaalath Party (Justice Party, AP) 1
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
80
Number of women elected
5
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
5.88%
Sources
People's Majlis (27.04.2014, 29.04.2014)
Women Directly Elected
5

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
80
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
5
First-term parliamentarians The number of members who are assuming their parliamentary mandate for the first time following the election or renewal, regardless of their mode of designation.
54
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
28.05.2014
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed (Male)
Political party
Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM)
Date of election
28.05.2014