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MRM rejects EC’s decision to dissolve party

Mohamed Rehan
27 May 2023, MVT 16:16
During the 2019 press conference held by former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom to announce the formation of 'Maldives Reform Movement'-- Photo: Mihaaru
Mohamed Rehan
27 May 2023, MVT 16:16

The Maldives Reform Movement (MRM), led by former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, has expressed concerns regarding the decision of the Elections Commission (EC) to dissolve the party, stating that it is unlawful.

The Elections Commission has made the decision to dissolve the party after two notice sent to enlist the minimum requirement of 3,000 members, as stipulated by the Political Parties Act. However, both the party's founder, Maumoon, and its current President, Faris Maumoon, have said that this decision is in breach of the law.

In a tweet, Faris said that the Elections Commission had informed MRM about the decision to dissolve the party due to not meeting the required number of members in the party. He urged the members and supporters of the party to "remain calm during this difficult time".

Despite the commission's decision, Faris affirmed that the party would challenge this decision and urged the party's supporters and well-wishers to stand alongside MRM in its fight to "overthrow the corrupt politics of money and influence".

Maumoon responded to the tweet saying that MRM will fight this illegal and corrupt procedure and emerge victorious.

EC first issued its notice to the party in 2022, and although the party initially fell short of meeting the required membership number, MRM had managed to register sufficient members by June of last year.

However, the party was issued a second notice in February 2023 after some of its members resigned. The party was given until May 18, to acquire new members and meet the required membership number.

Meanwhile, MRM has alleged foul play in the loss of its members and claimed that some of its members holding important positions within the party had been registered in other political parties.