Ahmed Sajid has secured another seat for main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) after contesting for the vacant seat in the local council for the constituency of Baa atoll Kinbidhoo island.
Sajid won the by-election that was held on Saturday with 169 votes in his favour.
Ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) candidate Ali Nazim had gotten 142 votes in his favour.
However, the ruling party’s candidate managed to garner more votes from the ballot box placed in capital Male – PPM’s candidate won 58 votes whilst the opposition candidate won 51 votes.
Sajid was able to secure his seat after he won 116 votes from the ballot box placed in his native island, where Nazim managed to win 84 votes.
Former president Mohamed Nasheed congratulated Sajid for winning another seat for the opposition. He claimed that it was a reflection of the Maldives’ souring support for the incumbent government.
The ruling party had suffered an embarrassing defeat in the Local Council Elections that was held in May, winning only 22 seats across the country.
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