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MDP candidate’s campaign office vandalised

The attacks came after “constant death threats,” Mickail Naseem said.



Campaign offices of the Maldivian Democratic Party’s candidate for the Galolhu South constituency in the capital were vandalised in the early hours of Friday.

“After stealing billboards, destroying banners and sending constant death threats tonight, they have finally attacked our campaign office in Galolhu Dhekunu,” Mickail Naseem tweeted.

“This happened while we were with the police showing them the damaged banners on Rehen’dhi Hin’gun.”

The windows of a second campaign office were smashed later on Friday morning. A video of a man on a motorbike throwing a stone has since emerged on social media.

A group of people who took down his banners also threatened campaign workers, Mickail alleged. In a separate incident, an eight-foot canvass put up by a supporter on his home wall was stolen twice, the MDP’s youth wing leader said.

“The government has changed but an environment to campaign freely has still not been assured,” he added.

Mickail’s rivals in the April 6 polls are Dhaandhoo MP Ahmed Assad from the opposition Progressive Party of Maldives, former police commissioner Abdulla Nawaz from the Jumhooree Party, and Aminath Nadira from the Maumoon Reform Movement, as well as independents Ahmed Azim and Mirfath Ismail Shafeeq.

In a statement Saturday, the MDP strongly condemned the death threats and vandalism. The ruling party expressed surprise with the failure of other candidates and parties to condemn the incidents.

The cases have been reported to police, it added.