2009 Maldivian parliamentary election

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Maldivian Parliamentary Election, 2009

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All 77 seats in the Majlis of the Maldives
  First party Second party Third party
  Maumoon-Abdul-Gayoom.jpg Mohamed Nasheed by UNDP.jpg Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom in January 2014.jpg
Leader Maumoon Abdul Gayoom Mohamed Nasheed Abdulla Yameen
Last election 28 seats, 32.3% 18 seats, 31.1% Did not contest
Seats won 28 26 7
Seat change Steady Increase 15 Increase 7
Popular vote 40,886 51,184 8,283
Percentage 24.60% 30.80% 4.99%
Swing Decrease7.69% Decrease0.29% Increase4.99%
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An election to the Majlis of the Maldives was held in the Maldives on May 9, 2009.[1] The Majlis of the Maldives's term is five years and then must be dissolved as pertained in the current Constitution of the Maldives.[2] Maldives now uses the first past the post system.


Political parties[edit]

Political parties in the Maldives were legalized on June 2, 2005 after a unanimous vote in the Majlis which allowed a multi-party system to contest in presidential and parliamentary elections for the first time in the Maldives after 30 years of autocratic rule of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.[3] On October 28, 2008, Mohamed Nasheed, leader of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) defeated President Gayoom in the first-ever democratic presidential elections.[4] Following the election, Nasheed and Mohammed Waheed Hassan were respectively sworn in as the President and Vice President of the Maldives on November 11, 2008[5] in a special session of the Majlis at the Dharubaaruge.[6][7]

Electoral procedure and constituencies[edit]

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.[8] 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;[9] the election was repeated there on 11 July 2009.[10] According to preliminary results, the MDP still won the seat.[11]


Group Votes % Seats
Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party 40,886 24.62 28
Maldivian Democratic Party 51,184 30.81 26
People's Alliance 8,283 4.99 7
Dhivehi Qaumee Party 5,854 3.52 2
Republican Party 7,001 4.22 1
Adhaalath Party 1,487 0.90 0
Social Liberal Party 674 0.41 0
Gaumee Itthihaad 518 0.31 0
Islamic Democratic Party 214 0.13 0
Maldives National Congress 119 0.07 0
Poverty Alleviating Party 50 0.03 0
Independents 49,835 30.00 13
Total 166,105 100 77
Source: Electoral Commission of the Maldives


  1. ^ "Elections Commission: Parliamentary elections will be held on 9 May". Haveeru Daily Online. Retrieved March 10, 2009.
  2. ^ "Constitution of the Republic of Maldives" (PDF). Ministry of Legal Reform, Information and Arts. Retrieved February 11, 2009.
  3. ^ BBC News (June 2, 2005). "Maldives MPs back democracy move". Retrieved February 11, 2009.
  4. ^ "Maldives president loses election". The Sydney Morning Herald. Agence France-Presse. 2008-10-29. Retrieved 2008-10-29.
  5. ^ "New Maldives president sworn in". BBC News. November 11, 2008. Retrieved February 11, 2009.
  6. ^ "www.miadhu.com.mv, Nasheed sworn in as Maldives new President".[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "BBC NEWS - World - South Asia - 'Anni' heralds new era in Maldives". news.bbc.co.uk.
  8. ^ "The President ratifies the Bill on Parliamentary Constituencies". The President's Office. Retrieved February 12, 2009.
  9. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Elections Commission to appeal Thimarafushi case in Supreme Court". Haveeru online. 2009-06-24. Archived from the original on 2011-06-17.
  11. ^ [2][permanent dead link]

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