Maldives People’s Majlis Election, 22 March 2014

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Maldives People’s Majlis Election, 22 March 2014

Series Title: Commonwealth Election Reports
Publication date: 15 July 2014
Size: 297mm x 210mm
ISBN: 978-1-84929-129-3
Pages: 48

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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Letter of transmittal

1. Introduction
Terms of reference

2. Political Background
Pre-2008 democratic reform
2008 presidential elections and 2009 parliamentary elections
2012 transfer of power
2013 presidential elections
2014 local elections
Supreme Court contempt of court case against Elections Commission members

3. Electoral Framework and Election Administration
Electoral system
International and regional commitments
National electoral legal framework
Elections Commission
Voter eligibility and voter registration
Candidate eligibility and nomination
Complaints, appeals and election petitions
Key issues
Incompatibility of the electoral legislative framework and the Supreme Court guidelines
Dhaftaru register (Malé municipal register)
Women’s representation
Complaints and appeals mechanism

4. Election Campaign and Media
Campaign environment
Media environment

5. Voting, Counting and Results
Key procedures for opening and voting
Assessment of opening and voting
Procedures for counting and results tabulation
Assessment of counting and results tabulation
Overview of the countrywide observation
Haa Alifu Atoll and Haa Dhaalu Atoll
Kaafu Atoll
Laamu Atoll and Thaa Atoll
Seenu Atoll (Addu)
Results – People’s Majlis election

6. Conclusions and Recommendations

Annex 1 Composition of the Team
Annex 2 Deployment Plan
Annex 3 Arrival Statement
Annex 4 Interim Statement