The JP has also reportedly requested an injunction to delay the second round of voting, currently scheduled for September 28.
Police barricaded the entrance to the EC secretariat in the early hours on Monday morning, after the Jumhooree Party alleged the commission was attempting to destroy documents “that would unveil discrepancies in the last elections”.
“The party does not believe that the DRP’s participation in Dr [Mohamed] Waheed’s government is a reason for not being able to engage in activities to gain support for the [candidate] the party supports,” the DRP said in a press release.
Minivan News understands from a source familiar with the matter that the government paid an initial GBP£1.5 million (US$2.4 million) on 24 April 2013, with the remaining amounts to be paid in monthly installments of GBP£300,000 (US$476,000) each.
“If it is too much hassle for tourists to visit, people will not come here [on holiday] and will look to other destinations,” said the head of the Maldives National Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “Tourism is is based around trying to make clients happy. We are concerned about this and the need to make things easier here.”
In response to the JP’s argument, the lead attorney representing the EC’s legal team contended that the entire lawsuit filed against the EC lacked any legal grounds to back its claim, likening the case to a “fishing expedition” whereby the claimants hoped to collect adequate evidence to file further suits.
After attempts by multiple political parties to delay the official announcement, the Elections Commission has dismissed calls for a recount and confirmed the accuracy of the provisional results.
“The islanders and parents are concerned that if the ballot boxes are kept inside the schools, the black magicians will target the schools and students will be affected,” said the council president.
One of the Maldives’ first interpreters for the deaf, Shaheez Abdulla, interpreted last week’s election results on state television, just days after a stabbing attack that he alleges came as a result of one party’s pre-election campaigning.