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  • Elections Commission announces official results of Kolhufushi by-election
  • Government to freeze hiring in 2015
  • National University provides MVR2.7 million worth of research grants
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National Drug Agency warns of strong illicit drug in Male’

The National Drug Agency has issued a statement warning people of a strong illicit drug in Male’ that is made by mixing different types of controlled prescribed drugs with illicit drugs. Its usage can result in harmful side effects including seizures and death.


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Elections Commission restarts polling preparations

After the reluctance of politicians to sign the register resulted in the delay of the previous poll, the Elections Commission Vice Chair Ahmed Fayaz noted that candidates will be given a specific time period to sign the voter registry, after which the commission will continue with the election.


The Maldives sits in for democracy thumbnail

The Maldives sits in for democracy

Non-violent direct action protests have swept the nation following the further delaying of the presidential election on Saturday October 19. Pro-democracy demonstrations have been reported throughout the atolls, with the largest crowds gathering along Male’s Majeedhee Magu to sit, smoke, play games and listen to music whilst campaigning for their right to vote.


United States, India, HRCM, multiple NGOs back Elections Commission, urge presidential polling to take place Saturday thumbnail

United States, India, HRCM, multiple NGOs back Elections Commission, urge presidential polling to take place Saturday

“The Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) urges political parties to prioritise national interest and support the elections commission in this difficult moment to hold the presidential election as scheduled. We call on as many citizens as possible to go out to vote and not to obstruct the vote,” the commission declared today.


Elections Commission unable to reach PPM and JP leaders to sign off on electoral register thumbnail

Elections Commission unable to reach PPM and JP leaders to sign off on electoral register

After demanding fingerprint verification of the amended voter registry last night, the JP and PPM leadership have been unreachable. “Without their signatures, the Maldives Police Service is not willing to support us…The election is now in their hands,” explained EC Chairperson Fuwad Thowfeek.


MDP will sign voter registry ahead of polling, rival parties undecided thumbnail

MDP will sign voter registry ahead of polling, rival parties undecided

Rival candidates representing the Progressive Party of Maldives and the Jumhooree Party have expressed concern about the accuracy of the amended voter registry, despite the MDP saying it will sign the list to ensure polling is held Saturday (October 19).


“No rest, no sleep” until deadline: EC Commissioner thumbnail

“No rest, no sleep” until deadline: EC Commissioner

“We are very certain a free and fair election will be held as scheduled – we are determined to do so – but not everything is within our control,” said Fuwad Thowfeek as the EC aims to print the voter registry tomorrow, ahead of Saturday’s poll.


Deceased people in voter database result of difficulties obtaining information: Department of National Registration thumbnail

Deceased people in voter database result of difficulties obtaining information: Department of National Registration

“We have removed the names of deceased people from our database whose information has been shared. But we cannot remove a person from the database if we can’t officially confirm their deaths,” DNR Director Fareeda Yoosuf told local media.


Elections Commission slams PPM, MDA protesters and police for obstructing election re-registration thumbnail

Elections Commission slams PPM, MDA protesters and police for obstructing election re-registration

Over 12,000 individuals were issued token numbers to submit their voter re-registration forms and as of 9:00am today the last person was served, despite protests by PPM and MDA supporters in the commission’s registration office yesterday. Voter registry will be publicized by 8:00 am tomorrow. The EC has urged voters to check registration status and file complaints by 6:00 pm tomorrow (Oct 15)


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