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.
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.
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.
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.