MDP decides not to go to court regarding council elections

Maldivian Democratic Party’s (MDP) national steering committee Meeting held on April 24, 2021 | Photo: MDP

Malé, Maldives – Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has decided not to go to court regarding the problems related to the Local Council Election (LCE) and Women’s Development Committee (WDC) election held on April 10.

MDP had requested Elections Commission (EC) to count the votes again in six ballot boxes, in which number of null votes exceeded the number of votes needed between two candidates for the candidates to be elected. MDP had also said that they would go to court in regards to problems of some seats.

MDP‘S national steering committee meeting held at Billabong School, in which President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and former President and Speaker of Parliament participated, decided that they would not approach the court in any problems regarding the LCE and WDC elections held this year.

In addition to this, in the national steering committee meeting held last night in Malé City, MP for Maafannu central constituency, Ibrahim Rasheed (Bondey) submitted a decree which stated that people competing for the parties national council must have certain requirements to meet. 

MP Bondey specifically had stated that those who have been implicated in the MVR 3.4 billion MMPRC grand scanda, those who had their names sent to various investigative authorities by Anti Corruption Commission regarding ongoing investigations and those who have been accused in criminal acts by Presidential Commission on Unresolved Murders and Enforced Disappearances cannot compete for the national council. 

In addition to this, people who have been accused of rape and other sexual abuse cases also cannot compete in the party’s internal elections. The national steering committee had also decided that people who have joined the party less than a year ago also cannot compete.