Maldives Battle on elections

Maldives election

Election in Maldives is set to be interesting due to the upcoming coalition of opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and the Jumhooree Party (JP), one time ally of President Abdulla Yameen’s ruling combine. They have both decided to work together in defense of the Constitution. The government needs to ensure that they would create appropriate corrective measures. The declaration of the unity of the two parties revived the high court hearing on MDP leader Mohammed Nasheed’s suspended plea, challenging the constitution of a three-judge criminal court to try him on charge of illegally detaining Criminal Court Chief Judge Abdulla Mohammed in January 2012. The targeting of officials began with the Yameen government made the parliament amend the Judicature Act to reduce the Supreme Court strength form seven justices to five. Although the relations were not really scarred between the MDP and the two judges sacked, Nasheed had continually targeted Justice Ahmed Faiz.

Maldives set to have a contentious elections

The two impeached judge had actually given dissenting observations when JP leader Gasim Ibrahim challenged certain decisions and directions of the Election Commission as a prospective ally of fellow candidate Yameen during the two stage presidential polls of 2013. Tables have turned however for Garin should now be turning against Yameen and his government after he was denied the parliament speaker’s post. The Yameen camp possibly had other suspicions as the speaker is the second in line of succession for presidency after the vice-presidency, should a contingency arose. MDP had already passed unilateral solution asking the president to hand over charge to Gasim. Gasim would be expected to be president for only 60 days. The Yameen camp seems to suspect that Gasim would be going to back Nasheed in the upcoming presidential poll. Gasim had actually polled 24 percent of the popular vote in the first round of presidential elections in 2013. He has the ability to make a difference on the presidential elections because the impact he has on voters.

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Election in Maldives

The Official Republic of Maldives also known as the Maldives Islands is an island nation in the Indian Ocean Area. It is part of South Asia. Maldives has been an independent polity for the majority of its history, except for three periods in which it was ruled by outside forces. The Maldives is the smallest Asian country in both population and land area. With an average ground level elevation of 1.5 meters above sea level, it is the planet’s lowest country.

Maldives is known for its beautiful beaches

Maldives is known for its beautiful beaches

Maldives is a presidential republic. Hence, the president is the head of the government. Just like any other presidential republic, the leader is the head of the executive branch wherein he appoints those who can help him in ensuring the development of the country, otherwise known as the cabinet. Following the introduction of a new constitution in 2008, direct elections for the President take place every five years, with a limit of two terms in office for any individual. The current President is Abdulla Yameen.

The Parliamentary elections were held in Maldives on March of this year. The Progressive Party of Maldives, one of the more established political party in the country dominated the elections, with 53 of its allies winning a position in the parliament.

The 2014 parliamentary elections were held after the current presient, Abdulla Yameen won against Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldivian Democratic Party. Yameen’s victory was regarded by many as very controversial.

The Maldives parliament is consisted of 85 seats. Previously, there were only 77 seats in Madlives’ Parliament. But after the first-past-the-post-system was implemented, an additional eight seats were added.

As said, 53 seats were won by the Progressive Party. The rest of the seats were taken by the Maldivian Democratic Party with 26 seats, the Jumhoree Party with 15, and the Maldives Development Alliance with 5. The Dhivehi Ray Yithungee Party failed to claim a seat.

Maumoon Abdul Gayoom is the First Party Leader

Maumoon Abdul Gayoom is the First Party Leader

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