“Regarding the GMR issue, we worked very hard to do those things. This time everybody has decided to come out and raise their voices, we are ready to reform the Elections Commission,” said JP Event Coordinator and National Movement youth wing member Ahmed Ghaalib. “We are waiting on the Supreme Court ruling.”
Maldives Broadcasting Corporation Chairman Ibrahim Umar Manik told the committee that TVM cut the live feed of Salaf preacher Sheikh Adam Shameem Ibrahim “because his talk was changing a little”.
Apart from the moral reasons to avoid a return of the regime, there are practical reasons why we should not let that happen; the most important being our self-interest, writes Latheefa Ahmed Verrall.
The EC secretariat in Male’ received 10,000 re-registration forms while the commission is also currently processing re-registration forms forwarded from island councils in the atolls, said Elections Commission Registration Department Head Aminath Majdha.
EC President Thowfeek also noted that statements he and EC Member Ali Mohamed Manik gave about the voter registry during the National Security Committee meeting had been taken out of context by local media.
After attempts by multiple political parties to delay the official announcement, the Elections Commission has dismissed calls for a recount and confirmed the accuracy of the provisional results.
“The islanders and parents are concerned that if the ballot boxes are kept inside the schools, the black magicians will target the schools and students will be affected,” said the council president.
One of the Maldives’ first interpreters for the deaf, Shaheez Abdulla, interpreted last week’s election results on state television, just days after a stabbing attack that he alleges came as a result of one party’s pre-election campaigning.
“The National Security Committee is concerned that the [presidential] contestants unfounded claims of corruption against the EC are a threat to national security,” Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) MP and Spokesperson Hamid Abdul Ghafoor told Minivan News today.