Ruling party holds primaries for council polls

Ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) Friday held the party primaries to hand out the party's tickets to candidates for the upcoming local council elections.

Voting had been carried out from 2:00 PM to 6:00 AM

A total of 17 vote boxes for the primaries were kept in Dharubaaruge, one for each island where voting will be held.

PPM said the results would be released soon.

PPM did not have to hold elections for 212 of the 273 of the seats it would be contesting. Over 50 seats would be allocated for coalition partners Maldives Development Alliance (MDA) and Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP).

The civil court had postponed the council polls originally slated for January 14 by two months.

PPM filed the case seeking to delay the upcoming council polls by two months citing that the ongoing rift within the party had impeded its preparations for the elections slated for January 14.

Elections commission had announced its decision to hold the court delayed local council elections on April 8.