People implicated in MMPRC case cannot run in internal elections: MDP

According to ACC, private company SOF had transferred an amount of USD 33,000 (MVR 508,850) to Ahmed Mahloof’s account from Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC)'s embezzled funds. Mahloof was suspended from the position of Youth Minister on February 14, 2019 due to the investigation into this case and his suspension was lifted on April 16, 2019 | Photo: Majlis

Malé, Maldives – Maldivian Democratic Party’s (MDP) national steering committee has passed to not allow people implicated in the MMPRC grand corruption scandal and those accused of criminal acts by Presidential Commission on Unresolved Murders and Enforced Disappearances to compete in the upcoming internal elections.

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.

Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) had announced to hold the party’s National Council elections of May 29, 2021. The party stated that only members registered to the constituencies would be eligible to vote for administrative committees of the constituencies election and provincial elections. 

MDP also added that only those who were registered as members until April 18, 2021 would be eligible to vote and that membership applications till May 29, 2021 will be put on a halt.

While MDP members including MDP leadership members have started to campaign for the internal elections of the party, Speaker of Parliament and President of MDP, Mohamed Nasheed had informed that he has interest to become Prime Minister, which is expected to heat up the MDP internal election campaigns.