election FAQ

Elections in the Maldives: 2019 Parliamentary Elections


On April 6, Maldivian citizens will go to the polls to elect all 87 members of the People’s Majlis, the country’s Parliament.

The Maldives 2018 presidential election resulted in the incumbent president’s defeat, which many rights groups and civil society advocates saw as a repudiation of the perceived erosion of democratic rights and freedoms in the country in recent years. Within this context, the upcoming parliamentary elections are highly anticipated as the first electoral exercise since the high stakes presidential election of 2018.

To help you understand this important electoral process, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in the Maldives: 2019 Parliamentary Elections. IFES FAQs include:

  • Who are citizens voting for on Election Day?
  • What is the structure of the government? What is the electoral system?
  • Is out-of-country voting allowed?
  • How will voters with disabilities cast their ballots?