“The Maldives Broadcasting Commission was threatening media organizations, was failing to establish equality in implementing regulations, was failing to implement the Broadcasting Act and therefore MMC has lost faith in the current members of MBC,” MMC President Husham Mohamed told local media.
“It’s not just myself and my family, but Elections Commission staff, including most directors and even some heads of ballot boxes and other polling station staff who have received threatening messages that they and their families will be killed,” Elections Commission Chair Fuwad Thowfeek told Minivan News.
The Criminal Court has released six persons arrested during the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) protest calling for presidential elections, on condition that they do not participate in protests for two months.
Police have started investigating the death of a one month baby on Villimale’, the mother and father of the baby was arrested yesterday afternoon, though police have denied that they are investigating a murder.
A wide-spread deep belief in the supernatural combined with a tense presidential poll has increased paranoia, and has spurred a group of men to actively patrol the two schools where polling booths will be placed, and to conduct a drive to undo the effects of fanditha on Guraidhoo Island.
Maldives’ Elections Commission Chairperson Fuwad Thowfeek discusses the Jumhooree coalition’s refusal to accept their first-round defeat and the subsequent vote rigging allegations which have triggered a barrage of judicial, political and media actions against the commission.
Attorney General (AG) Azima Shukoor’s intervention in a Supreme Court case against the Elections Commission (EC) is constitutional, despite questions over the “moral grounds” for her involvement, a senior legal expert has said.
The Maldives continues to face huge issues of food security, last year importing 90 percent of all goods consumed, while also being one of the most “oil vulnerable” countries in the world, according to a government report calling for significant economic diversification.
Internationally recognised bodu beru group Harubee have revamped the musical style and made “bodu beru cool again”, explains group member Ahmed Athif. “Everyone, young to old knows our songs and sings them. It brings the nation together.”