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
Despite the failure to obtain candidate’s signatures on the majority of voter lists, polling is under way for 2463 candidates in 951 island, 132 atoll, and 17 city council seats.
Former President Mohamed Nasheed meanwhile urged voters to choose MDP candidates for city, atoll and island councils to preserve individual liberty and consolidate democracy.
The run-up to this weekend’s local council elections saw the refusal of the PPM to sign voting lists bring partisan tensions to the fore once more, as the Elections Commission insisted the polls would go ahead regardless.