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Flats awarded to ineligible applicant by changing marks – ACC




Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), on Wednesday, said their probe revealed that the marks of applicants who submitted forms for flats via ‘Gedhoruverin’ portal were tampered with by some of the officials who are tasked with approving the forms.

ACC members were summoned to the Parliament’s Independent Institutions Committee on Wednesday over ACC’s order to halt the issuance of flats under ‘Gedhoruveriya’ housing scheme after the permanent list of recipients was publicized.

ACC’s President Adam Shamil said that the commission received complaints from 325 people when the permanent list of flat recipients was publicized initially on November 4th.

He reasoned that the commission requested to halt the issuance of flats in order to provide additional time to submit complaints and probe how the points were awarded as the applicants had no way to verify whether they had received the correct marks.

While a revised permanent list was publicized on November 15th – Shamil stressed that the Housing Ministry had still failed to adequately address the amendments proposed by ACC to the initial list.

ACC’s Vice President Abdul Salaam detailed concerns noted by the commission when they asked to halt the issuance of the flats. He particularly noted officials tasked with approving the marks for forms submitted via ‘Gedhoruverin’ portal tampering with the marks despite the portal autogenerating the correct allocation of marks.

“For example, the applicant is ineligible based on the documents submitted, then, the system will autogenerate as ineligible. However, we have taken note of this being changed to eligible at the approval level,” he said.

Two examples were put forth by Salaam in this trajectory.

One, an applicant who does not have a child being awarded marks for having a child despite having stated in the application that he or she is not a parent, while it is also evident from the system of the Department of National Registration that the applicant does not have a child.

In second, he noted applicants being deemed eligible despite documents providing that the applicant is not a Male’ resident.

Salaam emphasized that ACC had asked to halt the issuance of flats after the revised permanent list was publicized to further probe the case as the commission’s investigative team, despite a comprehensive probe, did not find that any changes were made to the initial list in light of concerns relayed by the commission earlier.

Supporting the points made by Salaam, Shamil described ‘Gedhoruverin’ portal as an exemplary portal, adding marks are only altered from the point humans are involved in the application process.

The two processes with human involvement in this regard, are the ‘verifiers’ process where the information provided in the form is verified, and the ‘approval’ process where the forms are approved. While a number of officials are involved in the ‘verifiers’ process, only a few people are involved in the ‘approval’ process.

“We have been forced to probe into the case because of the things that have taken place during these two processes. Allegations have been made by people over things that have taken place at these points, including tampering with the marks among other things,” he said.

Housing Ministry, when they publicized the permanent list of the flat recipients, said the recipients of the 4,000 units currently under construction by the Fahi Dhiriulhun Corporation (FDC) on the list of recipients for three-bedroom flats had all received upwards of 76 marks.

Meanwhile, the recipients of the 4,000 units on the list of two-bedroom flats had all received upwards of 73 marks.


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President announces a mega project to establish Island Council Secretariats in fifty islands within the year





President Dr Mohamed Muizzu has announced a mega project to establish buildings to house the Island Council Secretariats on fifty islands within the year. He made the announcement while meeting the residents of HDh. Makunudhoo Island.

The President detailed that the buildings to house the Island Council Secretariats on fifty islands would be built under the Investor Finance Model. He stated that the fifty islands for the project would be selected based on the severity of the deterioration of the existing facilities that house the councils.

President Dr Muizzu reiterated his commitment to fully realising the autonomous functioning of the decentralised administration of the Administrative Divisions. Additionally, he expressed his intention to collaborate closely with the public.

The President further announced plans to extend Makunudhoo Airport’s runway to 1800 meters. He emphasised that the land reclamation project for the island would be strategically designed to foster development across the island. Furthermore, he added that the road construction project will be executed per his commitment.

Source(s): President’s Office

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Maldives stresses lack of funds for sustainable food





The Maldives has emphasised that the primary obstacle for small nations like itself in advancing towards a sustainable food production system is the lack of financial resources. The remarks were delivered by Minister of Agriculture and Animal Welfare Dr. Aishath Rameela, during her address at the 37th Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Ministerial Meeting.

In her participation as a panelist during the session, Minister Rameela delved into the challenges and potential strategies for attaining food security amidst environmental adversities encountered by small developing nations such as the Maldives, exacerbated by insufficient resources. In addition, she presented a ‘Country Statement’ on behalf of the Food and Agriculture Authority of the Maldives, outlining the agricultural and fisheries sectors’ status and the country’s requirements for support in these domains.

Within the statement, President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu underscored the obstacles to agricultural, fisheries, and mariculture development, along with the ongoing efforts to implement policies aimed at alleviating these hindrances and enhancing food security and nutritional conditions within the country. He also highlighted the necessity for regional cooperation and assistance in bolstering the agricultural, fisheries, and mariculture sectors.

During discussions revolving around transitioning to sustainable food production and consumption systems, Minister Rameela reiterated that the foremost challenge for small nations like the Maldives in achieving such a shift lies in the insufficient allocation of financial resources. She further urged financially affluent countries to extend support to small island nations like the Maldives.

The biennially held largest conference on food and agriculture in the Asia Pacific region is slated to take place in Pakistan in 2026.

Source(s): PsmNews

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President rejects legislature to postpone Majlis election





President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has rejected legislature passed by the Parliament seeking to postpone the upcoming parliamentary elections to after Ramadan.

A top government spokesperson told that the president rejected the bill because changing the election date would result in “loss of public trust.”

He said the decision was based on five factors. Which is:

  • Because the bill requires the publication of national ID card numbers when the voter’s list is published on the Government Gazette, which the administration considers private information.
  • The lack of details on the appointment or qualification of “focal points” who must be arranged by the Elections Commission and charged with significant responsibilities under the bill.
  • With reference to Article 79 (b) of the constitution, which states that all election-related matters must be completed 30 days before the term of the incumbent parliamentary assembly expires. The administration believes the bill opens room to finish all election-related matters ahead of the time stipulated in the constitution, making the provision unconstitutional.
  • Article 75 of the constitution stipulates that parliamentarians must act in the best interest of the nation. But the administration believes there is grounds to believe that some of the parliamentarians, who are running for re-election, are acting in their own interest in changing the election date.

Because altering the Elections Act and changing the election date would result in loss of public confidence in the election

MDP: There’s still room for post-Ramadan Majlis elections

The decision came after Ahmed Easa, the manager for the main opposition MDP’s parliamentary elections campaign, said there was still an opportunity to postpone the upcoming elections, to after Ramadan.

The decision comes after Ahmed Easa, the manager for the main opposition MDP’s parliamentary elections campaign, said there was still an opportunity to postpone the upcoming elections, to after Ramadan.

In a press briefing on Monday morning, Easa, who serves as the parliamentary representative for Kendhikulhudhoo, reiterated MDP’s assertion, that the vast majority of the public want the elections to be held after Ramadan.

He said that Ramadan is a hard month to hold political activities, and that a low voter turnout is of great concern to political parties.

The parliamentary elections is scheduled for March 17th – which falls within the first week of Ramadan.

The Elections Commission (EC) had pushed for legal reforms to hold the elections ahead of Ramadan, as the Elections Act requires the commission to initiate the process of holding the elections, at least 120 days before the end of the term of the incumbent parliamentary assembly – which is May 28th.

Holding the elections before or ahead of Ramadan, required legal amendments.

The Parliament – which MDP holds a majority in – rejected EC’s request to hold the elections ahead of Ramadan, opting instead to have the elections held after the holy month.

An MDP-sponsored bill banning national elections during Ramadan passed with a majority vote of 46 to 3, on February 11th.

According to the new bill, if an election date falls within Ramadan, it must be held 10 days after Ramadan ends.

The president had until Wednesday, to either ratify or reject the bill.

But on Monday afternoon, within hours after MDP’s press briefing, the President’s Office announced that President Muizzu had rejected the legislature, and sent it back to the Parliament.

The MDP had anticipated the move.

The party warned last week that it will pass the same bill again, with a greater majority, if the president refused to ratify the bill, which will result in the automatic ratification of the bill.


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