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Voting in Parliamentary Elections Kicks Off in Maldives

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Voting in Parliamentary Elections Kicks Off in Maldives - Sputnik India, 1920, 21.04.2024
Geopolitics plays a significant role as political parties vie for votes in the Sunday election, according to a senior aide to Maldivian President Mohamed Muizzu, speaking to local media.
The fourth multi-party parliamentary election in the Maldives started on Sunday.
Some 368 candidates are contending for 93 seats in the parliamentary election, amid an atmosphere tainted by accusations traded between the primary opposition, the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), and President Mohamed Muizzu's People's National Congress (PNC), as per media reports.
Approximately 285,000 Maldivians are eligible to vote on Sunday, with tentative results anticipated by early Monday.
This archipelago nation, renowned primarily for its luxurious holiday destinations, boasting pristine white beaches, has recently become a geopolitical focal point following the expulsion of Indian troops.
As per data provided by the Maldives Elections Commission, by 10:00 am, a total of 47,296 individuals had voted, resulting in a turnout of 16.61 percent.
This figure comprises 29,411 men (10.33 percent) and 17,885 women (6.28 percent). Notably, 237,367 people (89.39 percent) were yet to cast their ballots.

"Geopolitics is very much in the background as parties campaign for votes in Sunday's election", a senior aide of Muizzu told local media.

"He came to power on a promise to send back Indian troops and he is working on it. The parliament has not been cooperating with him since he came to power", he noted.
Fuad Thaufeeq, chairman of the Elections Commission (EC), has advised individuals against lingering at polling stations after casting their votes, as tens of thousands of Maldivians participate in the parliamentary elections.
The polls commenced at 8:00 am local time on Sunday amid intense competition.
Abdulla Shahid, the leader of the MDP and former foreign minister, expressed optimism about his party's chances, pointing to what he sees as the shortcomings of the Muizzu administration in both domestic and international matters, as well as a decline in democratic principles.
Shahid raised concerns about alleged intimidation tactics targeting opposition members and the lack of progress in development projects, underscoring the potential reaction of voters in the upcoming elections.

The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) relies on the development of relations with India.

India expects the MDP, regarded as pro-India and the primary opposition group, to win a majority, enabling thorough legislative oversight of government actions.
 	  Male, the capital of Maldives - Sputnik India, 1920, 16.04.2024
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