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MALDIVES
Majlis (People's Majlis)
ELECTORAL SYSTEM

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Majlis / People's Majlis
Structure of parliament Unicameral
LEGAL FRAMEWORK
Electoral Law 20 July 1961
Parliamentary Election Act (Act No. 2/2009)
Mode of designation directly elected 85
Constituencies 85 single-member constituencies
Voting system Majority: First-past-the-post system.
Voters vote for only one candidate.
Vacancies between legislatures are filled in by-elections. No by-elections are to be scheduled, however, within six months of general elections.
Voting is not compulsory.
Voter requirements - Citizenship of the Maldives
- Age: 18 years or over
CANDIDATES
Eligibility - Qualified voters
- Citizenship of the Maldives
(Persons who acquired Maldivian citizenship five years prior to the election date and who are domiciled in the Maldives may contest the elections)
- Age: 18 years or over
- Sunni Muslim
- Persons of sound mind
Disqualifications:
- Judges
- Persons holding another citizenship
- Persons convicted of a criminal offense and serving a sentence of more than 12 months (this disqualification is valid during the term of the sentence and for three years thereafter)
- Persons not discharged from bankruptcy
Incompatibilities - Ministers of State
- Members of the Electoral Commission
- Civil servants
- Executive of a public corporation
- Members of the armed forces
- Members of the police forces
- Holders of any other public posts
Candidacy requirements - Candidates can be put forward by a political party or be independent.
- Independent candidates must be supported by at least 50 eligible voters in the constituency in which they are running.
- Deposit of 5,000 rufiyaa

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