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EC yet to deliberate on postponing local council election

Fathmath Shaahunaz
10 March 2020, MVT 12:26
Elections Commission members speak to the press. PHOTO/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
10 March 2020, MVT 12:26

Elections Commission (EC) stated Tuesday that it has yet to discuss postponing the upcoming Local Council Election (LCE) over the COVID-19 outbreak.

The electoral watchdog's Vice President Ahmed Akram however disclosed that the commission previously met to deliberate on how to proceed should the nation's situation necessitate postponing the election.

Akram stated relevant authorities have not yet shared information with the EC regarding the COVID-19 outbreak in Maldives. He assured that the commission will initiate talks on postponing the LCE, which is slated for April 4, in the event authorities reach out.

Meanwhile, former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom called on the government to delay the LCE earlier on Tuesday. Experts from the hospitality industry have also stated that the negative repercussions on the tourism sector due to COVID-19 would affect the nation's economy as a whole.

Currently six people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Maldives, with four foreign individuals from Kuredu Island Resort and the other two from Sandies Bathala resort. While both islands are currently on lockdown, authorities are also conducting contact tracings to identify other people the patients had come into contact with, and isolated a number of other individuals including 16 in capital Male'.

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