After stating yesterday that he had no plans to put his name forward for the position, the Jumhooree Party leader and former speaker of the Special Majlis has told local media he has the full backing of his coalition partners to stand for the post.
“I want new people to come forward to run the party. But I will not go away from the party, I will always remain in doing party work,” said the former president.
Presenting the findings of their respective observer missions today, both the EU and the Commonwealth groups noted that, despite orderly polls, the elections period had been negatively affected by the dismissal of senior EC members just two weeks prior to voting.
“We saw PPM challenge slots that the coalition had granted to us. And then right after that, Adhaalath Party – who used to work very closely with us – also went out and contested. They said that they will contest in the 28 constituencies that were given to us,” said Gasim.
“If one works with sincerity, they will be accepted by the public. The fact that many popular existing parliamentarians failed to get re-elected shows that the public closely observes the work done in parliament,” said Maldives Development Alliance Deputy Leader Ahmed Amir.
The Broadcasting Commission has asked private media outlet DhiFM Plus to issue an apology for broadcasting an upside down picture of former Elections Commissioner. MBC has requested the apology be displayed between 8pm and 10pm before March 26.
Citing governmental and business influence alongside a lack of faith in the democratic process as potential reasons for the party’s poor performance, senior members of the Maldivian Democratic Party have discussed their disappointment at yesterday’s results as well as the potential need for internal reform.
Both Dunya and Tourism Minister Ahmed Adeeb have interpreted the coalition’s election victory as a clear show of support for President Yameen and his half-brother former President Gayoom. Dunya also urged the world to take note of Maldivians determination to resist foreign interference.
“Admissions about illegal activities such as this are usually underreported in surveys. TM’s long-term observation indicates that vote buying may be even more widespread in the parliamentary elections than other elections,” TM said in a statement today.