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Maldives (Republic of Maldives)

Maldives (Republic of Maldives) has a Unicameral parliament with legislated quotas at the sub-national level. 4 of 87 (5%) seats in the Majlis / People's Majlis are held by women.

At a glance

Structure of Parliament: Unicameral

Are there legislated quotas...

  • For the Single/Lower House? No
  • For the Sub-National Level? Yes

Are there voluntary quotas...

  • Adopted by political parties?

Is there additional information?...

  • Yes

Last updated: Aug 8, 2022

Single/Lower House

Majlis / People's Majlis

Total seats 87
Total Women 4
% Women 5%
Election Year 2019
Electoral System FPTP
Quota Type
Election details IDEA Voter Turnout - IPU Parline

Quota at the Sub-National Level

  • Quota type: Reserved seats
  Legal source Details
Quota type: Reserved seats Electoral law

Amendments passed in 2019 to the Decentralisation Act included the provision of one third quota on all local councils to women (Decentralization Act, 8th Amendment ch.VI).

Legal sanctions for non-compliance
Rank order/placement rules No data available

Additional Information

Electoral quotas for women had been introduced for the first time in Maldives in 2019, allocating 33 per cent of the local council seats to women. Enhanced gender representation in the judiciary was a top priority in the judicial reform agenda of the Government and today women judges were adjudicating over cases in all tiers of the Maldivian judiciary. The Government acknowledged the low rate of women representation in the current Parliament and would continue to bring the necessary legislative amendments to establish quotas for women within political parties’ internal elections.(OHCHR, 2021).

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