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Maldives: Voting hours extended by 2 hrs till 6 pm for parliamentary elections

Polling has been smooth so far and around 60 percent voting was reported till 3 PM.

Counting of votes will begin after polling is over and preliminary results are expected by Sunday morning.  

A total of 386 candidates are in fray for 87 seats including former President Mohamed Nasheed and parliamentary speaker Qasim Ibrahim.  

The main contest is between Maldives Democratic Party (MDP) led by former President Mohammed Nasheed and opposition coalition led by former President Abdulla Yameen.

The current election has become interesting as its results will have bearing on the stability of government under President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

President and Nasheed are calling for MDP majority in parliament to ensure the government remains stable and they are able to deliver on their promises.

Solih won the Presidential election last September as coalition candidate of four parties including MDP. 

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