Over 26,000 requests to re-register for council elections: EC

Former President of the Elections Commission of Maldives, Ahmed Shareef. | Photo: Mohamed Sharuhaan

Male’, Maldives — The Elections Commission (EC) has informed that over 26,000 individuals have requested to re-register to vote for the upcoming local council elections that will be held on April 10th.

The President of the EC, Ahmed Shareef informed that while the deadline for re-registration for the upcoming local elections was yesterday, a total of 26,750 people have requested to re-register. He noted that this amount is higher than the amount of people who decided to re-register when the elections was earlier postponed due to Covid-19.

Along with this, Shareef announced that this time, the commission will not be giving a second opportunity for the citizens to re-register, given that if more time is given for the re-registration process, then it is likely for the elections to miss its scheduled date yet again.

The re-registration was opened on March 2 for the citizens who wished to change their previously registered voting locations.

While the  upcoming Local Council Elections (LCE) and Women’s Development Committee (WDC) elections will be held according to the guidelines given by the Health Protection Agency (HPA), this time more ballot boxes would be places in different areas as the HPA guidelines does not allow people to travel from one island to another. Along with this, the voters will also be required to adhere to guidelines such as maintaining social distancing and wearing masks as well.