In February 2012, the first democratically elected president resigned and transferred power to the vice president. Since this transfer of power, Maldives has experienced incidents of political violence and unrest among its population. Today, it remains a young democracy in transition with the 2013-2014 presidential, local government and parliamentary elections providing critical steps forward in advancing Maldives’ democratic transition.
In partnership with the independent commissions and civil society organizations, USAID provides training and other assistance to the Election Commission, the Anti-Corruption Commission, the Human Rights Commission and civil society organizations to strengthen the integrity of the electoral process. These efforts include supporting the domestic observation of the elections to promote free and fair elections and supporting regional dialogues to promote reconciliation. In addition, USAID helps community-based organizations encourage citizen participation with atoll and island councils and supports community-based civic education programs.
Last updated: June 30, 2014