Anticipating defeat is not a reason to delay Local Council Elections: Ex-VP Jameel

Former VP Dr. Mohamed Jameel | Photo: Edition

Malé, Maldives – Former Vice President Dr. Mohamed Jameel Ahmed has said that MDPs fear of losing in it was not an excuse in delaying the local council elections any further.

The former VPs remarks come after the Elections Commission (EC) of Maldives decided to request the Parliament of Maldives to postpone the Local Council Elections again, citing that the new election regulations set forth by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) pose major obstacles in hosting a smooth election.

Ex-VP Jameel stated that Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), with its power in parliament and government is trying to take away the right of voting and that it is an attempt to pin the citizens between parliament and Elections Commission.

Commenting on the new guideline set by HPA for the elections, President of the Elections Commission, Shareef said that the guideline focuses on curbing the spread of the virus, and that complying with the guideline would result in a significant increase in workload as well as expenses, amounting to nearly MVR 100 million, while the current set budget is MVR 51 million.