election FAQ

Elections in the Maldives: 2021 Local Council Elections


On Saturday, April 10, Maldivian voters will go to the polls for Local Council elections. Local Councils play a key role in enabling citizen engagement in government and ensuring that citizens across the Maldives’ nearly 1,200 islands have access to necessary services. For the first time, Women’s Development Committee representatives, who are responsible for upholding women’s rights and increasing their political participation, will also be elected through the Local Council elections.

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: 2021 Local Council Elections. IFES FAQs include:

  • What is the level of women’s representation?
  • What is the election management body doing to safeguard the elections and voters during the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • How are election disputes resolved?
  • Who can be an election observer, and how are observers registered?

Learn more about IFES' programs in the Maldives and follow @IFESAsiaPacific on Twitter.

Additionally, follow IFES' COVID-19 Survival Guide for Democracies and #COVIDxDemocracy for new analysis and innovative solutions.

Published on April 7, 2021. Please note that these FAQs were originally published on April 1. They were updated on April 7 to provide more detail on the types of islands in the Maldives.