Malé, Maldives — Mayor of capital Malé city, Dr. Mohamed Muizzu took lead in the Addu City ballot box for Local Government Authority (LGA) board as the City Council representative.
Mayor Muizzu expressed his gratitude and thanked the Addu representatives who voted for him, boring that while there are only three PPM council members, 7 councilors voted for him.
Addu City Council consists of a total of 7 MDP members including the Mayor, 3 PPM members and 3 independent members.
Although the Addu City Council has a majority of MDP members, Dr. Muizzu, a PPM representative received majority with 7 votes, while his competitor Fuvahmulah City Mayor Ismail Rafeeg received 6 votes.
However, the LGA board elections was won by Fuvahmulah Mayor Ismail with 24 votes while Dr. Muizzu recieved 21 votes.
In addition to this, PPM candidate from K. Atoll council competing for the Atoll council representative on the board was elected by default as his opponent was late to submit the form.
The President reconstituted the LGA as per Article 59 (a) (2) of the Decentralisation Act (Act No. 7/2010) and appointed the Home Minister as the chairman as per the Article 140 of the Maldives’ Constitution, which mandates that a cabinet member should be responsible for overseeing bodies established by the legislature or executive (with the exception of constitutionally-mandated independent state bodies).
Following Article 64 of the Decentralisation Act, President Solih appointed Fathmath Afshan Latheef as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the LGA Board. Further, the President appointed the Minister of State for Finance, Ahmed Shareef, to the LGA board to oversee all financial matters of the authority as per Article 59 of the Decentralisation Act.
Local Government Authority (LGA) is a state institution established under the Decentralisation Act to regulate, oversee and develop the local governance system of Maldives as envisioned in the Constitution.