Maldivian Election Officials Begin to Count Vote After Polls Close for Parliamentary Elections

Election officials began counting votes cast in the Maldives’ parliamentary election on April 20th after polls closed at 5:30 p.m. local time.

The Elections Commission (EC) said that approximately 73 percent of the country’s population voted in the election.

Observers noted that several stations had long lines of people waiting to cast their votes. Officials said that the voting encountered no significant issues but did report that law enforcement arrested three people due to election related disputes.

A local Non-Governmental Organization, Transparency Maldives, noted that while their observers also reported no issues related to voting, at least four percent of the sites may have compromised secrecy due to their layout.