Government proposes 19 bills for Parliament 2nd term

Attorney General Ibrahim Riffath giving an interview at Attorney General's Office | Photo: PSM

Malé, Maldives – Attorney General’s (AG) Office informs that 19 bills are submitted to the 2nd term of the Parliament by the incumbent government.

The bills and amendments include,

  1. “Judges Act ‎of Maldives” [Law no: 13/2010]
  2. Amendment to the Parliamentary privileges and powers act (no. 5/ 2013)
  3. Penal Code of the Maldives Act (no. 9/2014)
  4. Penal Code of the Maldives Act (no. 9/2014)
  5. Prevention of Terrorism Act ( No. 32/2015)
  6. Bill on birth and death record, and creating birth certificates and National Identity cards
  7. Animal Health Bill
  8. Food Safety Bill
  9. Evidence Bill
  10. Bill regarding compensation for defamation of reputation
  11. Levels Bill
  12. Electronic Transactions Bill
  13. Endangered Organisms bill
  14. Amendments to Sea Vessels Act (Act No. 69/78)
  15. Amendments to Environmental Protection and Preservation Act of Maldives (Law No. 4/93)
  16. Amendment to the Law on Uninhabited Islands Act (Act No. 20/98)
  17. Amendment to Regulating The Right Of Association (Law No. 1/2002)
  18. Public Finance Act (No. 3/2006)
  19. Amendment to the Land Transport Act (no. 5/2009)

Of these, 6 through 8, 10 and 11 are determined by the Law governing General Regulations.

While some bills are received well by the public, the Amendments to the Penal Code to criminalize hate crimes in the Maldives has become a contentious issue and is now open to the public for opinions.

Meanwhile, the State Minister for Tech. Ministry, Mohamed Shareef states that the Electronic Transactions Bill is on the way to the parliament. This bill may grant legal rights to information transferred electronically and may give legitimacy to electronic signatures.