The Origin of the Malé City Council goes back to March 14, 1957, when Al Ustaz Mohamed Jameel was elected President of Malé municipality. And since 1959, all houses and lands in the Maldives are registered. Additionally, since 1st January 1959, all islands and state institutions started keeping track of birth and death rates, as well as other relevant statistics.
On May 17, 2010, the President ratified and enacted Law No. 2010/ 7, which states that “the administrative divisions of the Maldives shall be administered decentrally” and it is under this law that the Malé City Council was established. As a result of the ratification of this law, the name boards of the atoll offices, island offices, and Malé municipality were replaced with the name boards of the councils, with councilors also being elected. Following that, on June 3, 2011, the first local councilors vowed and were elected to their posts.
The goal of choosing leaders who the people want is for the elected leaders to make decisions for the people and to develop as the people want.
Malé City is divided into three islands: Malé, Hulhumale, and Villimale. In addition, the Malé City Council has jurisdiction over an uninhabited island known as Farukolhufushi.
Malé, the island that has held the title of being the Maldives’ longest ruling capital, is the island that has served as the capital since time immemorial The land area is 201 hectares, and the population is 252,768 people. Malé was developed into a concrete jungle, and it is also known for being one of the most congested cities in the world, with 995 people per hectare.
Hulhumale is a city that was built by dredging the Hulhule sand bank. Dredging began on 16 October 1997, and it was finally declared a habitable island on 12 May 2004. Hulhumale has a land area of 400 hectares and a population of 98,744 people, or 106 persons per hectare.
Villimale is a pleasant island full of natural beauty. People initially used to live on the island before being transferred to Hulhule. When work on the Hulhule airport began, they were changed back to male. Following that, a prison was built in Villimale. After that, it was converted into a resort, which was eventually abandoned. People were then allowed to return to the island. Because Villimale was developed as a natural island, the use of land vehicles is limited. The island’s oldest Coconut Palm tree is protected in order to preserve the island’s natural beauty. Villimale’s land area is 27 hectares, with a population of 102,036, or 379 persons per hectare.
On March 17, 2021, the 4th Malé City Council was elected into office. It is worth noting that the current mayor was elected with a landslide victory and for the first time, the council is elected for a period of five years.
The Malé City Council is divided into 18 constituencies, excluding the Mayor. The post of the Deputy Mayor is elected through a vote amidst the council members.
Malé City Council is an independent institution established under the authority of Maldives Law No. 2010/ 7, which specifies that “the administrative divisions of the Maldives shall be administered decentrally.” The legal entity is subject to litigation and has the right to file lawsuits and do business under its own seal.
Under the law, all works, all resources accessible to the municipality, fixed assets, land, and workers were transferred to the Malé City Council with the initiation of the decentralization act.
The main goal of the institution is to discover a way to solve people’s problems in a democratic and accountable manner. To develop the social, economic, and cultural well-being of the people who live in Malé, as well as to provide a variety of services to the people and to make Malé a peaceful environment.
The most important function of the Malé city council in attaining the aforementioned aims in providing citizenship services to the city’s people. To make this feasible, the council created development plans with a feasible a budget so that the city council utilizes to attain their goals.
Malé City is a peaceful, clean, environment friendly, economically active and social developed city.
Because sustainable growth is conceivable in Malé, it raises the potential of benefits for Malé residents, participation in events, and the city being calm, pleasant, and clean. The primary goal is to improve the social, economic, and cultural well-being of Malé people, as well as to provide a variety of services to the community and to make Malé a peaceful environment. The council emphasizes on making the council an institution capable of executing its mandate and providing services to the inhabitants of Malé who fall within the jurisdiction of the city council.