Both the ruling PPM and opposition coalitions in Maldives have claimed victory in the local council elections held on Saturday (6 May).
The ruling coalition lead by PPM (Progressive Party of Maldives) has claimed that they achieved a complete victory from the ballot boxes counted so far from the local elections.
At a press conference on Sunday, PPM Vice President and Tourism Minister Moosa Zameer said, the results announced so far show that PPM coalition has won the highest number of seats and it is a full victory to the government.
On the other hand, in another press conference at Maafannu Kunooz on Sunday evening, the opposition coalition claimed that they had won large number of seats and it was from the effort from the opposition leaders.
The representatives from MDP (Maldivian Democratic Party), Jumhooree Party, Adhaalath Party and former President Maumoon were present at the press conference. They demanded the government to accept defeat and respect the decision of the people.
The opposition expressed their gratitude to the public for the support in winning the election. They said that the opposition achieved victory in the city councils and individual island councils as well.
However, the Tourism minister Zameer said, the total so far tally at 219 to the PPM coalition while the combined opposition has 206. He said that there were about 100 ballot boxes pending the count and they were in regions with massive support for PPM.
Noting the new low number of voters in the Saturday’s election, Zameer said that it was something all political parties need to look into and the PPM would work to increase the voter turnout in the future.
The MP for the Vilimalé constituency, Ahmed Nihan Hussain Manik said, it is largely believed that the low turnout in Malé City is linked to the inefficiency of the City Councils and the public is no longer interested.