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President of the elections Commission of Maldives Mr. Ahmed Shareef has denied the allegations made by the Parliament’s Committee on Independent Institutions against a senior member of EC.  According to the Parliament’s Committee on Independent Institutions, a staff at the EC had tried to commit suicide after facing repeated sexual harassment from the senior member of the commission.

The allegations were made by the Parliament committee in its investigation against Mr. Ahmed Akram for the alleged sexual harassment of an EC female staff. According to the committee, a “culture” of sexual harassment lingers within the EC with one female staff attempting suicide after facing repeated sexual harassment from a senior member of the EC.

EC President MR Ahmed Shareef stated in a tweet that the allegations against the commission are unsubstantiated. In a separate tweet he also revealed that the commission had created a committee in 2014 to investigate sexual harassment within the commission.

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