“We are speaking about accusations. The Chief Justice will comment on the matter when relevant authorities decide on the nature of the accusations. How many other’s have accusations against them?” Faiz said
“I can’t say it was completely wrong, but in hindsight, I am not entirely happy that I supported President Maumoon [Abdul Gayoom],” says Rozaina. “When I look back now it seems so – but my decision was based on the information I received at the time.”
Bureau Chief Ali Azim has said none of the issues raised could have a material effect on the outcome of any local council contest. The most common complaint concerned the decision to display national identity card photos in voter lists
Raajje TV and VTV have expressed concern over the Maldives Broadcasting Commission’s (MBC) decision, respectively claiming the action is “discriminatory” and limits freedom of media.
“The laws state two methods for changing a government. That is through an election or through a no confidence vote followed by an election. If the Maldivian citizens give us a majority in parliament, then we will be forced to take that no confidence vote,” Nasheed said.
The Police Integrity Commission is said to have admitted that making a decision on the dubious forensics report has been avoided as it would likely delegitimise the Supreme Court’s annulment of the first round of the 2013 presidential election.
“We now have photos of all eligible voters. [But] we can see people without photos in the eligible voters list. We suspect very strongly that those without photos are non-existent people. However, they voted in the presidential election,” said the MDP’s presidential candidate.
The Elections Commission has been receiving complaints from women in cases where the ID card photos were taken before they wore face veils.
“The only way to achieve true representation would be to pave the way for people to vote in the constituencies where they actually live. This is the basic tenet of decentralisation, and it empowers people to hold local councils accountable for decisions that directly affect their lives,” Transparency Maldives has recommended