Presidential candidates who ran in the first round of polling September 7 will not be asked to re-file their candidacy and no new candidates will be allowed to compete in the election, the EC Secretary General told local media.
Independent Institutions Committee member Hamid Abdul Ghafoor described the Supreme Court’s verdict demanding fresh elections before October 20 as “incomprehensible”, and “technically and logistically not possible”.
The MNDF said that rather than being a reaction to a specific threat, the military had decided to assign officers to guard a number of media stations immediately following the arson attack that destroyed Raajje’s offices in Male’ this morning.
The Foreign Ministry said the Maldives has co-sponsored 22 resolutions relating to civil and human rights at this year’s UN Human Rights Council, despite lingering concerns over “inadequate” child protection measures employed domestically by successive governments.
The HRCM has written to the Home Ministry urging it to refrain from “unlawful sanctions” that would prevent such groups from their protecting human rights. The commission has also met with the police service after allegations of the misuse of strip searches following recent political protests.
Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has this week said there could be no doubt that the murder of Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) MP Dr Afrasheem Ali was a politically motivated attack, while calling for justice to be expedited against his alleged attackers.
Customs workers are aggrieved about senior staff engaging in discriminatory, nepotistic practices, that have led to inequitable promotions, retirement packages, and training opportunities, multiple customs workers told Minivan News today.
Air traffic controllers in the Maldives say they are building up to a full work stoppage over ongoing grievances and safety concerns left unaddressed by the current government. Such strikes could lead to delays and disruption of flights to the luxury tourism destination, that welcomes almost one million tourists a year.
Police have forwarded cases of four additional individuals to the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) for their alleged involvement in the murder of MP Dr Afrasheem Ali last year – taking the total number of suspects facing charges over the attack to seven.