The Jumhooree Party has completed the selection of candidates for its 28 allocated seats, while the Progressive Party of Maldives is yet to decide upon its policy toward primary contests for all of its 49 candidates.
The opposition party will focus on strengthening local government, Majlis, judiciary and economy, Nasheed said. The MDP announced winners of the parliamentary primaries yesterday.
“The party does not believe now that [fielding candidates for] the 28 seats the Jumhooree Party will be contesting through the Progressive Coalition falls outside the party’s ethical responsibility,” said Adhaalath.
MDP MP Alhan Fahmy’s condition has been described as “very serious” by his family, as doctors in Colombo work to repair injuries sustained yesterday night. The attack has been described as politically motivated.
The Maldivian Democratic Party MP was stabbed in the back at around 9pm this evening (February 1), just hours after losing the primary contest for his Feydhoo constituency seat in what he alleged was an irregular vote.
PPM members of Kunahandhoo Island in Maavah constituency claim the party ticket has been granted to incumbent MP Abdul Azeez Jamal Abu Bakr without a primary. Azeez dismissed the protests as a ploy to get him to buy off any contestants.
The EC has revealed that turnout in the January 18 polls was 64 percent. Re-votes will take place in four tied polls, while the use of disappearing ink in Noonu Miladhoo has made an additional vote necessary there.
Retired commissioner Riyaz and eight sitting MPs have been selected without a primary, causing consternation among the party ranks and displeasure within the allied Adhaalath Party, which has reportedly rejected the JP’s offer of three constituencies.
A Majlis subcommittee has recommended changes to the tourism levies to enable new revenue raising measures, though the Finance Ministry has said the revisions are not sufficient to raise the MVR3.4 billion required in the budget.