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EC dismissals: EU observers note “time pressure” on March 22 polls thumbnail

EC dismissals: EU observers note “time pressure” on March 22 polls

The EU’s Election Observation Mission has noted that many challenges now organising timely polls later this month as the President’s Office calls for new applicants to the EC. Elsewhere, the decision has left many reluctant to discuss the court’s activities for fear of prosecution.


Human Rights Commission receives Juvenile Court summons thumbnail

Human Rights Commission receives Juvenile Court summons

Alleging that the commission had repeatedly failed to attend meetings with the court, a summons has been issued regarding the commission’s report into the 15 year old flogging victim case, which the court has claimed gave a negative portrayal of the company’s work.


Alleged calls between EC Chair Thowfeek and former President Nasheed leaked thumbnail

Alleged calls between EC Chair Thowfeek and former President Nasheed leaked

In one call being circulated on social media, Thowfeek expresses concern that the Supreme Court was investigating the EC, while in the second the conversation focuses on re-registration of voters on the government register. Thowfeek has described these calls as routine.


Supreme Court strips Fuwad, Fayaz of EC membership thumbnail

Supreme Court strips Fuwad, Fayaz of EC membership

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.


EU Election Observation Mission reveals monitoring plans thumbnail

EU Election Observation Mission reveals monitoring plans

“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.


MDP asks High Court to halt Feydhoo primary election court case thumbnail

MDP asks High Court to halt Feydhoo primary election court case

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.


Coalition leaders urge independent candidates to withdraw thumbnail

Coalition leaders urge independent candidates to withdraw

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.


“They say they have trust in the judiciary because they can influence it”: Nasheed thumbnail

“They say they have trust in the judiciary because they can influence it”: Nasheed

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.


Attorney General unveils 207-bill legislative agenda thumbnail

Attorney General unveils 207-bill legislative agenda

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.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories