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EC requests funds for 4 parties including PPM

Fathmath Shaahunaz
26 May 2019, MVT 13:54
Ahmed Akram speaks at a press conference held by Elections Commission. PHOTO/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
26 May 2019, MVT 13:54

Elections Commission requested Ministry of Finance to issue party funds to four political parties, including opposition Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM).

The commission initially announced the decision to exclude PPM, as the party had not submitted its annual report at the time.

However, EC member Ahmed Akram stated Sunday that PPM had since amended its report and submitted it to the commission.

In addition to the opposition party, EC also requested funds from the state budget for Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and Jumhooree Party (JP) of the ruling coalition, and Maldives Development Alliance (MDA).

Despite nine parties being registered at the commission, funds are distributed from the state budget to parties with over 10,000 members only. A total of MVR 26.6 million is allocated from the 2019 state budget for the four parties.

The funds are distributed according to the number of members registered at a party. According to this policy, the ruling MDP with a current member count of over 50,000 will receive the highest amount of MVR 12 million, followed by PPM with MVR 9 million while JP and MDA are both to receive MVR 2 million.

Funds allocated for political parties must be issued within the first three months of the year. However, EC stated earlier that the delay this year was caused by having to assess many forms submitted by parties regarding the April 6 parliamentary elections.

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