Elections took place in two rounds, on 8 and 28 October 2008. In the first round results were as follows:
|Mohamed Nasheed (Democratic-Alliance)||24.91%|
|Maumoon Abdul Gayoom (Dhivehi Rayyithunge)||40.34%|
|Hassan Saeed (Independent)||16.67%|
|Qasim Ibrahim (Republican)||15.22%|
|Umar Naseer (Islamic Democratic)||1.39%|
|Ibrahim Ismail (Social Liberal)||0.77%|
In the second round runoff, which took place on 28 October, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom received 45.32% of the vote. Mohamed Nasheed received 53.65% and was therefore elected president. Turnout in the second round was 86.58%.