PNC dominates 20th parliamentary elections with supermajority victory

21 Apr 2024 | 23:00
President Dr. Muizzu at the final day rally marking the end of the campaign for parliament

The ruling People’s National Congress (PNC) has clinched a decisive victory in the Maldives 20th parliamentary elections, securing a supermajority by winning over 70 seats in the preliminary results.

The elections, held on Sunday, saw a significant turnout of over 200,000 Maldivian voters, with 326 candidates vying for 93 seats, including six newly established ones.

Among the candidates, the ruling party’s nominees contested 90 seats.

Other prominent parties in the race included the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), Democrats, Jumhoory Party (JP), Maldives Development Alliance (MDA), Adhaalath Party (AP), and Maldives National Party (MNP). 
Additionally, 130 independent candidates also competed.

Preliminary results reveal a resounding victory for the PNC, securing over 70 seats. 
The distribution of the remaining seats is as follows:

People’s National Congress (PNC) - 70 

Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) - 12 seats

Independent - 7 seats

Maldives Development Alliance (MDA) - 2

Jumhoory Party (JP) - 1 seat

Maldives National Party (MNP) - 1 seat

Democrats and Adhaalath party did not win any seats 

This represents a significant shift from the 2019 elections, where the then-ruling MDP secured a supermajority with 64 seats, and the then-opposition coalition of PPM-PNC won only eight seats

This latest electoral outcome underscores a significant shift in the political landscape of the Maldives, with the PNC now poised to wield substantial influence in the country's legislative affairs.