The MDP’s presidential election campaign was relaunched with the new slogan “Contentment Through The Vote” yesterday with simultaneous events in 23 locations, covering all the atolls of the country.
Police have located and arrested Kamil Ibrahim of Ukulhas in North Ari Atoll, who is accused of threatening police officers using a weapon, attempting to assault police officers, breaking through police lines and vandalising a CCTV camera during a Maldivian Democratic Party rally held on October 5.
President Dr Mohamed Waheed has expressed disappointment with recent comments from Navi Pillay, who last week accused the Supreme Court of damaging the Maldives’ democratic processes via its interventions in the twice-delayed presidential election.
The IPU delegation will spend one week investigating ways to “improve trust and confidence” between state institutions, whilst local NGO Transparency Maldives has called for MPs to not erode public confidence in the legislature by abusing parliamentary privileges.
Even as the rest of the world had almost given up the country…it has bounced back with the kind of verve and nerve that democracy entails at birth. The three presidential candidates met in what was not an entirely unexpected turn, and declared their intention to try and complete the poll process in time for an elected president to assume office on 11 November, writes N SathiyaMoorthy.
The Progressive Party of Maldives have meanwhile asked the Elections Commission to verify 6,000 re-registration forms, claiming the party has discovered problems with a number of forms it was allowed to review.
The MDP presidential candidate’s remarks follows the release of a book by a group of Islamic scholars calling on the former president to “repent” and “return to the true path” after he allegedly demeaned the Prophet’s Sunnah and Islamic Shariah.
The 4:3 Supreme Court verdict cited a confidential police report allegedly claiming that 5600 votes were ineligible. The report has not previously been available to the public and was not shown to the Election Commission’s defence lawyers. On the court’s request, a team of ‘forensic experts’ from the police service worked from 26 September to 3 October inside the Supreme Court premises analysing evidence of alleged fraud and vote rigging on 7 September.
The People’s Majlis was the source of most of this week’s headlines, with two MPs forcibly blocked from entering the chamber, mysterious pills found in the coffee machine and one member seeking sanctuary from arrest within the legislature’s premises.