Former President Maumoon Casts Vote in Maldives Parliamentary Elections

Former Maldives President Gayoom casts vote, hopes for strengthening multi-party democracy. Voter turnout high, with former presidents urging peaceful and fair elections. Outcome to shape political landscape.

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Wojciech Zylm
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Former President Maumoon Casts Vote in Maldives Parliamentary Elections

Former President Maumoon Casts Vote in Maldives Parliamentary Elections

Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom cast his vote in the Maldives Parliamentary Elections 2024 on Saturday. After voting, Gayoom expressed hope for strengthening and advancing the multi-party democracy system in the country.

As of 12:00 hrs, a total of 93,224 persons (32.75%) have voted, including 41,980 women (14.75%) and 51,244 men (18%). The Elections Commission stated that the voter turnout rate is positive and voting is proceeding smoothly at all voting centers, with no major issues reported so far.

Other notable figures who have cast their votes include former President Abdulla Yameen and his son Zain Abdulla Yameen, the Interim President of the People's National Front. The Elections Commission will begin counting the votes at 18:00 hrs, and the overall voter turnout for the 2024 Parliamentary Elections is expected to be around 76.27%, similar to the 2019 elections.

Why this matters: The Maldives Parliamentary Elections 2024 are a vital test for the country's multi-party democracy system. The outcome of the elections will shape the political landscape and determine the balance of power in the parliament for the next term.

Prior to the election, Gayoom urged all voters to choose candidates who would remain loyal to the religion and the country. He has a vested interest in the election as two of his children, Faris Maumoon and Dhunya Maumoon, are running as independent candidates for parliamentary seats.

Former presidents Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, Mohamed Nasheed, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, and Abdulla Yameen have all cast their votes and urged the people to exercise their voting rights. They expressed hope for a peaceful and fair election, with Solih expressing confidence that the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) will secure a majority in parliament.

The Elections Commission has stated that voting will continue until 5:30 PM, and no extra time will be given after the deadline. The smooth conduct of the elections and the high voter turnout are positive signs for the democratic process in the Maldives. The results of the elections will be closely watched by both domestic and international observers.

Key Takeaways

  • Former President Gayoom voted, hopes to strengthen multi-party democracy.
  • Voter turnout at 32.75% as of 12 PM, with no major issues.
  • Former Presidents Yameen, Solih, Nasheed, and Gayoom all cast votes.
  • Elections Commission expects 76.27% turnout, similar to 2019 elections.
  • Maldives Parliamentary Elections 2024 are a vital test for the country's democracy.