Vote counting begins as Local Council Election round ends

In the process of vote counting in a voting centre during the Local Council Elections 2017. PHOTO: ABDULLA JAMEEL/MIHAARU

The Elections Commission ended voting for the Local Council Elections 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening and has commenced counting the votes of some ballot boxes.

The EC had originally scheduled to close the ballot boxes at 4:00 p.m. but announced Saturday afternoon that the time will be extended until 6:00 p.m. The commission had also extended the time until 8:00 p.m. for voting centres that were unable to commence voting at 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning due to various reasons such as delays in arrival of voting centre officials.

The extension had sparked protest from opposition political parties, who declared that the decision was in violation of the law. According to the Elections General Act, the Elections Commission should specify the “date and time of voting, and as a general principle the time when voting would be closed, and when vote counting shall commence” at the time of announcing any elections to be held.

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