DRP to be dissolved due to lack of members

DRP leader and Kaashidhoo constituency MP Abdulla Jabir | Photo: Majlis

Malé, Maldives – Elections Commission of the Maldives (ECM) has decided to dissolve the Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP).

Elections Commission Chairman Fuwad Thowfeek told local media yesterday that the DRP was given three months to increase its membership as the number of members has fallen below 3,000.

“According to the law, we give three months notice to a political party that does not have 3,000 members and if it does not meet the requirements within that period, we will have to take necessary steps to dissolve the party,” he said.

He said the number of DRP members has not increased to 3,000 in the last three months. The commission has decided to dissolve the party and the work of talking to the party about it and getting information is underway, he said.

EC issued a notice to the DRP in March this year for insufficient members. However, by June, the party had reached 3,000 members.

DRP leader is Abdullah Jabir, MP for Kaashidhoo. He was appointed party leader on July 23, 2019.

DRP was registered on July 15, 2005, the second political party in Maldives. The first leader of the party was former President Maumoon Abdul Qayoom.