Highest recorded voter turnout, confirms EC

The Elections Commission has stated that voter turnout for Saturday's parliamentary polls was the highest recorded number for a Maldives parliamentary election.

In a tweet published by Commissioner of Elections, Ahmed Shareef said the voter turnout for the parliamentary election was 212,079, and confirmed that this was highest recorded voter turnout in for a parliamentary election in the Maldives.

A total of 264,442 were eligible to vote in the election. The statistic revealed by the Elections Commission accounts for 80% of total eligible voters.

Main-ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) secured a landslide victory in Saturday's election. Projected to win 67 seats, MDP won all but one seat allocated for the three cities. While opposing Progressive coalition won 5 seats, Jumhooree Party secured 7 seats, and Maldives Development Alliance (MDA) won a single seat, with one candidate endorsed by former president Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom securing an additional seat.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has praised the Elections Commission for the well-organized conduct of the election.