Two temporary Parliament Committees on Monday decided to bring significant changes to the number of members in the 16 permanent committees.
Although the number of members in committee changed, the slots allocated for different political parties remain the same. Hence, Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), the main party of the ruling coalition, still holds the majority in all the parliament committees.
As the temporary committee put together to make regulations for Parliament and allocate members to the permanent was disbanded, the public finance committee currently has the highest number with 14 members.
The economic committee, independent institutions committee, national security and diplomatic relations committee, and state-owned enterprises committee all have 13 members each. The national accountability committee has 12 members.
Judiciary committee - 11 members
Environment and climate change committee - 11 members
Human rights and gender committee - 11 members
Ethics committee - 10 members -
Secondary legislation committee - 10 members
Decentralization committee - 10 members
General purpose committee - 9 members
Social affairs committee - 9 members
National development and heritage committee - 9 members
Petitions committee - 8 members
With the distribution of committee slots among the political parties, MDP will receive 132, with 8-9 slots from each committee.
Jumhooree Party (JP) and opposition Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) each will receive 10 slots from the committees. However, the temporary committee decided that one member from both JP and PPM will be on every committee.
While there are three parliamentarians from People's National Congress, they receive six slots, with one member for each committee.
Furthermore, Maldives Development Alliance (MDA) with two parliamentarians also receive slots from four committees.
The independent seven members are to receive slots from 14 committees.