EC announces final result of Guraidhoo by-election

The Election Commission (EC) has announced the final results of the Guraidhoo constituency by-election.

The Parliament's Guraidhoo seat became vacant following the death of MP Ibrahim Riza earlier in February. A by-election was held Saturday to elect a member to the seat, contested by MDP and opposing parties, PPM and MNP. Five ballot boxes were placed in constituency islands Guraidhoo (2), Maafushi (2), and Gulhi (1), and one ballot box was placed in Male' for constituents who resided in the capital.

According to the final results announced by EC on Wednesday, MDP's candidate Ibrahim Shaz won the election with 1,346 votes, which accounts for 49.96 percent of votes. PPM's Hussain Riza received 1,226 votes, which is 45.51 percent of the votes. MNP's Ali Arif received 122 votes -- 4.53 percent.

3,423 people were eligible to vote in the by-election. Out of this, 2,755 people cast their ballots in Saturday's vote. The EC declared 61 votes invalid.