Maldives will go to polls today to elect new parliament

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Maldives will go to polls today to elect a new parliament. Polling will begin at 8 AM local time and will continue till 4 PM. Counting of votes will be held after the polling and preliminary results are expected by tomorrow. 

This is the third parliamentary election since Maldives adopted multi-party democracy in 2008. A total of 386 candidates are in fray for 87 seats including former President Mohamed Nasheed and parliamentary speaker Qasim Ibrahim.

 A total of 2 lakh 64 thousand 589 people are eligible to vote in this election and more than 500 ballot centers have been set up for the purpose. There are ballot centers abroad also including one in Thiruvananthapuram for Maldivians staying there.