The Supreme Court has stripped Elections Commission (EC) President Fuwad Thowfeek and Vice President Ahmed Fayaz Hassan of their membership in the commission and sentenced the former to six months in jail. The jail sentence was however suspended for three years.
“This will be the first full EU Election Observation Mission to take place in the Maldives, and I hope that our presence will contribute to a peaceful and inclusive democratic environment for the benefit of the Maldivian people,” said Chief Observer Eduard Kukan.
The Maldivian Democratic Party has asked the High Court to halt Alhan Fahmy’s attempts to invalidate the results of the election until procedural issues are resolved. Fahmy has argued that such injunctions are not applicable to the current case.
Former President Gayoom, JP Leader Gasim Ibrahim and Home Minister Umar Naseer warned of consequences of the vote being split among pro-government candidates with members of coalition parties contesting as independents in 64 out of 85 constituencies in the March 22 parliamentary elections.
Former President Mohamed Nasheed has responded to President Abdulla Yameen’s declaration of faith in the judiciary by alleging that this confidence arises from the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives’ ability to influence judicial processes.
AG Mohamed Anil criticised parliament and the MDP government for failing to pass legislation needed to enact the new constitution and reform the judiciary. The AG’s agenda consists of 98 new bills and 109 amendments to existing laws.
“Even now, we are having to send some staff to election trainings without their food allowances,” said EC Commissioner Manik. “We have also been unable to pay some staff who worked in the local council elections. There are also numerous bills from that election which still remain unsettled.”
The Supreme has today imposed travel restrictions on members of the EC after holding a hearing during which commission members were again questioned over statements made in the Majlis.
Dr Mariyam Shakeela said that the state will cover all expenses of the woman infected with HIV due to the negligence of state hospital IGMH until the completion of their studies. Meanwhile, the WHO has commended the government’s commitment to universal healthcare.