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Nasheed: I will play a role in Muizzu’s administration

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The Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Nasheed has said that he will have a role in President-Elect Dr Mohamed Muizzu’s administration.

PPM-PNC candidate Muizzu won the second round of this years Presidential Elections without making a coalition with any other political party with 54 percent or 129,159 votes.

While Muizzu is working on planning his administration, former President Mohamed Nasheed, who leads The Democrats, has said at today’s Parliamentary sitting that he will play a role in said administration.

Speaking while heading the Parliamentary sitting, Nasheed said that some ministers in the current government are sending messages to foreign dignitaries about the government to be formed on November 17.

“Some ministers are texting various dignitaries of the world saying bad things about the government that is going to be formed in Maldives. Then these dignitaries are sending me the texts and I am saying that I will also be involved in that government,” Nasheed said.

Therefore, he asked not to send messages to foreign dignitaries saying bad things about the government.

“So I find it very difficult to explain that such a bad thing is going to happen in Maldives. I urge all ministers and other dignitaries not to send texts to different parts of the world,” he said.

Nasheed, who played an important role in bringing about the current government, has formed a new political party after leaving the ruling coalition’s main party, MDP, due to issues that arose between him and President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

The Democrats, to whom Nasheed belongs, also contested the first round of the presidential election. Holhudhoo MP Ilyas Labeeb contested from the Democrats and finished the first round in third place with 15,839 votes or seven percent.

Interim Chairperson of the Democrats, Hassan Latheef, has also recently said that the Democrats are ready to cooperate with President-Elect Dr Mohamed Muizzu’s administration and that all that is left is to hold discussions about which role they will have.

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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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