“President Yameen is convinced he can’t win a fair election and has delayed #LCE2017 for the 3rd time. A case of lies upon lies. Unacceptable,” tweeted former President Mohamed Nasheed, the opposition leader.
The elections commission has once again set back the vote to elect local councils stating that voting stations could not be set up in public schools on April 8.
The high court is set to rule on whether the elections commission was right to void some 900-candidacy papers and open a call for new nominations ahead of the upcoming local council elections.
Participating in the vote would legitimise an election that has been “unlawfully stolen” from the people, the religious conservative party said.
Local council elections will be held on April 8, the elections commission has announced. It also set a new deadline for candidacy papers allowing President Abdulla Yameen’s party to field candidates.
The elections commission has assured political parties that the postponed local council elections will be rescheduled for early April with a new date to be announced next week.
The elections commission has withdrawn its appeal of a civil court judgment that postponed next year’s local council elections by two months, drawing fierce criticism from political parties over the independence of the electoral body.
The commission gave three working days to register representatives for nearly 500 candidates and refused to accredit several observers, the MDP said.
The PPM did not make any nominations when the extended deadline expired on December 1.
The civil court ordered the elections commission to postpone January’s local council elections, citing the ruling party’s inability to prepare for polls in the wake of a bitter leadership dispute.
The parliament has revised the political parties law to bar members who lose primaries from contesting elections on the ticket of a different party or as independent candidates.
The civil court has ordered the elections commission to indefinitely extend the re-registration period for January’s local council elections pending a judgment on the ruling party’s request to delay the polls by two months.
The commission has requested the finance ministry to distribute MVR23million (US$1.5million) among four of the six political parties
The elections commission has scrapped plans to introduce electronic voting in the Maldives for the first time in January’s local council election. The commission announced Tuesday that it has ruled
The elections commission has struck off nearly half of the MDP’s members from its registry after the parliament approved a law requiring all political party members to submit their fingerprint records
The number of city, atoll, and island councillors to be elected in the upcoming local council elections is 653, the elections commission announced Saturday, significantly fewer than the present count of 1,095 councillors.
The elections commission has decided to recognise a faction led by President Abdulla Yameen as the legitimate Progressive Party of Maldives over a rival faction led by the ruling party’s elected president.