“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.
“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.
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)
Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) MPs Imthiyaz Fahmy and Hamid Abdul Ghafoor were brought before the Criminal Court today for separate hearings on charges of “scandalising” the country’s judiciary and refusing to provide a urine sample to police respectively.
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.