Maldivian parliamentary election, 2005
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Parliamentary elections were held in the Maldives on 22 January 2005. At the time of the elections political parties were banned, so all candidates ran as independents. Supporters of President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom emerged as the largest group in the People's Majlis.
Whilst all 149 candidates ran as independents, their political affiliation were well known.
Twenty opposition supporters were arrested on election day after recording election officials attempting to close a polling station whilst there were still voters waiting to cast their vote.
Supporters of the Government emerged as the largest group in the People's Majlis, although the exact numbers were unclear; the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party claimed government supporters had won only 22 seats to their 18, whilst the government claimed to have 30 MPs and the MDP only eight.
|Supporters of the Government||71,558||32.29||20|
|Endorsed by the Maldivian Democratic Party||68,931||31.10||18|
|Source: IFES, IPU|
Following the elections, political parties were legalised on 2 July 2005.