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Maldives People's Majlis Election, 22 March 2014

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The report of the Commonwealth Observer Group for Maldives parliamentary election held on 22 March 2014. The Group was chaired by Bruce Golding, the former Prime Minister of Jamaica, and was comprised of 7 members in total.

The Commonwealth Observer Group found that the polls were well organised and well managed, with all stakeholders playing their respective roles in ensuring that polling was peaceful and credible. However, the group was concerned by the Supreme Court's declared dismissal of the chair and vice chair of the Election Commission for contempt of court, which undermined the separation of powers provided for in the Maldivian constitution, as well as reports of widespread vote buying and the lack of effective regulation of campaign financing.

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Electoral Framework and Election Administration

Members of the People’s Majlis are elected for a five-year term in single mandate constituencies through a ‘first past the post’ system. Under article 71(b) of the constitution, Maldives is divided into 20 administrative atolls plus Malé, making a total of 21 divisions. Article 71(a) provides for each administrative division to be allocated a minimum of two Majlis seats, with an additional seat allocated to each division for every 5,000 residents it has in excess of 5,000.

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