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Wang Yi Met with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet

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On May 23, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with the visiting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet in Guangzhou.

Welcoming Ms. Bachelet on her first visit to China as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Wang Yi said that it has been 17 years since China last received a UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the visit is of landmark importance for both sides. He expressed the hope that this trip would help enhance understanding and cooperation, and clarify misinformation.

Wang briefed the High Commissioner on China’s history of development and the governing philosophy of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in connection with China’s 5000-year civilization.

Wang stressed that the CPC stays committed to taking a people-centered approach and has made it its abiding goal to create a better life for the people. By combining the advanced Marxist theory with China’s practice, the CPC has led the Chinese people in blazing a path of socialism with Chinese characteristics that is consistent with the trend of the times and suits China’s national conditions, making historic achievements in reform and opening up, and winning extensive support of the people. Wang underscored that China has always given top priority to ensuring the right to subsistence, put enhancing the right to development high on its agenda, and made the protection of citizens’ legitimate rights and interests its basic task. China has also made safeguarding the ethnic minorities’ rights an important part of its work, and protecting people’s safety its long-term goal. While vigorously promoting the development of its own human rights cause, China has been a champion of the universal values of peace, development, fairness, justice, democracy and freedom, and has been promoting the building of a community with a shared future for mankind, making its contributions to solving the major issues facing human society and promoting the development of human rights in the world.

Wang noted that to advance the international cause of human rights, we must first, respect each other and refrain from politicizing human rights; second, uphold fairness and justice and reject double standards; third, seek truth from facts and take into account national conditions and development stage of a country; fourth, stay open and inclusive and oppose bloc confrontation. Major countries, in particular, should take the lead in practicing multilateralism, upholding the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, respecting the international law, and defending international fairness and justice. Multilateral human rights institutions should serve as a major venue for cooperation and dialogue rather than a new battlefield for division and confrontation. China stands ready to carry out constructive cooperation with the OHCHR on the basis of mutual respect and equal treatment.

Bachelet congratulated China on its important achievements in economic and social development and human rights protection, and spoke positively of China’s contributions in supporting multilateralism, development financing, sustainable development, poverty reduction, climate change, ecological conservation and other areas concerning the development of human rights. Noting the great importance the OHCHR attaches to China’s role, Bachelet expressed the hope to take this visit as an opportunity to enhance mutual understanding and trust between the two sides to jointly deal with global challenges and advance the international human rights cause.

The two sides also exchanged views on the international and regional humanitarian situation of mutual concern.

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President casts ballot in parliamentary election

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President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has cast his vote in the parliamentary elections.

President Muizzu cast his vote at a polling station based in Thaajuddeen School. Following his vote, he urged the public to exercise their right by voting promptly.

The Election Commission of the Maldives (ECM) revealed that the voting will take place between 0800hrs to 1730hrs, highlighting that voting commenced promptly at nearly all polling stations on time.

In the current parliamentary elections, the ruling party People’s National Congress (PNC) led by President Muizzu has nominated candidates to contest in 90 constituencies.

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ECM urges to vote independently and promptly

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President of the Election Commission of the Maldives (ECM) Fuwad Thowfeeq has urged the populace to promptly cast their ballot.

In a message to media commemorating voting day, Fuwad Thowfeeq urged the voting population to cast votes independently and promptly. Voting for the 20th parliamentary election began at 0800hrs on April 21.

Additionally, ballot boxes are placed in all residential islands, 34 resorts, correctional facilities, industrial islands and as well as 3 countries abroad. ECM confirmed a total of 602 ballot boxes are placed.

Moreover, Fuwad reiterated that the electoral body is fully equipped for the preparation of the polling stations, highlighting that all administrative work necessary has been initiated. The ECM has initiated a reduction in the number of voters per polling station. Therefore, 500 individuals can now voter per box.

Furthermore, efforts are currently being made by the Maldives Police Service (MPS) to guarantee a smooth and seamless elections. Subsequently, MPS raised its alert level by launching a special operation named “Operation Blue Tide”. Simultaneously, it resolved to use ‘body worn cameras’ to ensure the utmost security throughout the election process.

Commander of Maldives Police Service Abdulla Shareef underscored that police personnel have been stationed at various polling stations, ensuring its safety. It further urged the public to cooperate with the temporary amendments made to the traffic guidelines. Meanwhile, transportation of heavy vehicles will be prohibited following the parliamentary elections.

Additionally, individuals with special needs, pregnant women, the elderly, and those working in uniformed services will be awarded priority access at polling stations, exempting them from queues. Concurrently, it stressed the importance of carrying official documents when voting.

The counting of votes begins 30 minutes after the polling place closes.

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Voting begins for the parliamentary election 2024

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Voting has begun for the 2024 parliamentary election.

Polling stations opened in Male’ and the atolls at 0800hrs and will close at 1730hrs, as per the decision of the Election Commission of the Maldives (ECM). Voters began queuing up at the polling stations at around 0730hrs and the security envelopes were opened in the presence of the first two voters at the polling stations.

A total of 602 ballot boxes have been set up in the Maldives and three other countries for the parliamentary election. Polling stations are also open in 34 resorts, prisons and other industrial islands. The countries in which ballot boxes are placed for voting are Trivandrum in India (0830hrs to 1800hrs), Colombo in Sri Lanka (0830hrs to 1800hrs) and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia (1100hrs to 2030hrs).

ECM has made several arrangements to ensure maximum convenience to all during the election process. As such, each ballot box is open for 500 individuals. Additionally, ECM affirmed that the allocated time for voting will not be extended under any circumstances, hence urging residents to cast their votes promptly.

With a total of 93 various constituencies, the eligible voting population for the election is 284،663, including 145،302 male and 139،361 female voters. While the current 19th parliament consists of members representing 87 districts, decisions have been made such that the forthcoming 20th parliament will encompass an additional six districts. The additional six constituencies are as follows: two chairs for Male’ City, one chair for Addu City, one chair for Maalhosmadulu Dhekunuburi (Baa Atoll), one chair for Male’ Atoll and one chair for Huvadhu Atholhu Uthuruburi (Gaafu Alif Atoll).

The current parliamentary term will conclude on May 30, 2025.

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