Sept. 23, 2018 Confirmed


Republic of Maldives

Election for President

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At stake in this election:

  • The office of President of Maldives

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Abdulla YAMEEN
  • Head of Government: President Abdulla YAMEEN
  • Assembly: Maldives has a unicameral People's Council (Majlis) with 77 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system to serve a 5-year term.

Main Candidates in the Presidential race:

Ibrahim Mohamed SOLIH

Abdulla YAMEEN

* The Maldivian Democratic Party is leading an opposition bloc comprised of the MDP, the Jumhoree Party, the Adalath Party, and a splinter faction of the Progressive Party of Maldives.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 392,709 (July 2017 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 239,593 (September 2013)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 178,236 (2017)

·         Is Maldives a signatory to CEDAW: No

·         Has Maldives ratified CEDAW: Yes, acession (1 July 1993)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: No

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 5 (following the 2009 parliamentary elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 104 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A

Disability Data:

·         Is Maldives a signatory to CRPD: Yes (2 October 2007)

·         Has Maldives ratified CRPD: Yes (5 April 2010)

·         Population with a disability: 59,098 (est.)