“Troubled Future for Democracy” – Transparency Maldives

“Troubled Future for Democracy” – Transparency Maldives

“Troubled Future for Democracy” – Transparency Maldives

Written by Staff Writer

20 Oct, 2015 | 1:43 pm

Transparency Maldives conducted its second Democracy Survey between May 20, and June 15, 2015 and the survey report, titled, A “Troubled Future for Democracy” was released recently.

The 2015 nationwide random survey of the Maldivian public mostly used repeatedly tested questions.

The report reveals that maldivians are cynical about politics and also dissatisfied with the prevailing political and social order. The key findings of the survey are as follows:

Most citizens lack confidence in key state institutions including the parliament and the courts. 51% of Maldivians now say they have no confidence at all in courts compared to 46% in 2013.

Strikingly, there was a major decrease of confidence level in the Elections Commission, with a drop of 17 % compared to 2013.

Also 71% of Maldivians say that the government does not care about ordinary people and 94% of Maldivians believe that politicians are “ready to lie to get elected”. The report further indicates that the citizens continue to be critical of the social order where 80% think that power is concentrated in the hands of too few people.

Most Maldivians prefer democracy as a form of government. A solid majority of 63% people believe that despite its problems democracy is still the best system compared to 59% in 2013.

The report concludes that unless these challenges are addressed, democracy has a “troubled future” in the Maldives.

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