As the MVR25 million budget needed to conduct the parliamentary elections on March 22 has yet to be released to the commission, EC members informed MPs on the government oversight committee today that it was dependent on the Finance Ministry to settle expenses incurred in preparation for the polls.
The religious and the liberals and those who are genuinely concerned about religion, human rights, or crimes should oppose this political madness, not each other, writes Abdur-Rahman.
The Attorney General’s Office has decided to withdraw the case concerning the President’s Office’s refusal to cooperate with Raajje TV, telling local media that the current government does not wish to discriminate amongst media outlets.
After telling local media that the funds for government’s 117 percent increase in the state pension had not been received, the Maldives Pension Administration Office has today confirmed that it is working on transferring the new MVR5,000 sum to pensioners by tomorrow.
Stating that the government had fulfilled all of its 100 day pledges, President Yameen opened the People’s Majlis by detailing the government’s plans for development. The opposition suggested the address failed to mention the country’s most pressing issues.
“My resignation isn’t going to solve this. I could resign if that is the case. My resignation is not going to solve it. That’s why I am saying, what is the solution? The solution is all of cooperating and working together to improve the system,” Dr Mariyam Shakeela told MPs in relation to the IGMH HIV scandal.
Abdulla Jabir’s wife, Dhiyana Saeed, has submitted a case to the High Court asking it to determine ways in which he can campaign in next month’s Majlis election. The Kaashidhoo MP – currently serving 12 months – is seeking election to the next five year parliament.
The Elections Commission stated that the forms of more than one in four eligible voters wishing to cast their ballots in the Majlis elections in a location other than their permanent residence have now been processed and approved.
“Charges of Supreme Court interference to subvert the presidential elections process” topped the list of issues highlighted in the US State Department’s 2013 human rights report, followed by religious freedom, and “corruption of officials in all branches of government”.