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Nasheed threatens impeachment after MDP wins in Addu, Malé cities thumbnail

Nasheed threatens impeachment after MDP wins in Addu, Malé cities

“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.


PIC reluctant to cast doubt on election annulment, says Elections Commission thumbnail

PIC reluctant to cast doubt on election annulment, says Elections Commission

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.


MDP suspects electoral fraud in presidential election, says Nasheed thumbnail

MDP suspects electoral fraud in presidential election, says Nasheed

“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.


Voter lists put up at polling stations with ID card photos thumbnail

Voter lists put up at polling stations with ID card photos

The Elections Commission has been receiving complaints from women in cases where the ID card photos were taken before they wore face veils.


One-third of electorate deprived of true representation: TM thumbnail

One-third of electorate deprived of true representation: TM

“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


Low initial turnout as local council elections proceed thumbnail

Low initial turnout as local council elections proceed

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.


President Yameen reiterates campaign pledges ahead of local council elections thumbnail

President Yameen reiterates campaign pledges ahead of local council elections

Former President Mohamed Nasheed meanwhile urged voters to choose MDP candidates for city, atoll and island councils to preserve individual liberty and consolidate democracy.


Week in review: January 11 – 17 thumbnail

Week in review: January 11 – 17

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.


Comment: Corruption must not capsize a sinking state thumbnail

Comment: Corruption must not capsize a sinking state

“A country that is bracing itself for disaster needs to know that the dykes will hold when the storm surge bears down upon them,” writes Alice Harrison. “It cannot afford for bribery, nepotism or embezzlement that equates to shoddy workmanship, cheap materials or phantom projects.”


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