On February 10, 2009, the Majlis voted 36–0 with one abstention to pass the Parliamentary Constituencies Bill, which Nasheed signed into law later that day. It was the first act he signed as president since being inaugurated into office last November 2008. In the law, each administrative atoll's population determines how many electoral constituencies will be created. On March 9, 2009, the Elections Commission of the Maldives announced there will be 214,405 eligible voters.
The result in constituency N-02 Thimarafushi Dhaairaa was annulled due to irregularities and reported intimidation by the MDP in one polling region; the election was repeated there on 11 July 2009. According to preliminary results, the MDP still won the seat.