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Elections Commission fines MDA, MTD, DRP over violations

Ahmed Aiham
18 June 2020, MVT 10:55
Leader of Maldives Development Alliance (MDA) and Parliamentary Representative for Dhaalu Atoll's Meedhoo constituency MP Ahmed Siyam. PHOTO: PRESIDENT'S OFFICE
Ahmed Aiham
18 June 2020, MVT 10:55

Elections Commission (EC) on Wednesday, announced its decision to impose fines on political parties 'Maldives Development Alliance' (MDA), 'Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party' (DRP) and the 'Maldives Third Way Democrats' (MTD) in contravention of the Political Parties Act.

Fines imposed by EC:

MDA - Fined by MVR 50,000 for failure to host its annual general meeting.

MTD - Fined by MVR 30,000 for failure to host its annual general meeting.

According to the commission, the parties will have a period of a month upon expiry of the ongoing State of Public Health Emergency to make the payments.

EC decided to fine DRP due to multiple violations of the Act and the party's charter, in addition to its failure to settle previous fines imposed and for not submitting its latest annual and audit reports.

Due to previous fines, EC decided to host a meeting with senior party officials on Thursday to determine what action to take against DRP.

EC added that DRP has been warned multiple times over its unpaid fines.

MDA is an opposition aligned party led by Parliamentary Representative for Dhaalu Atoll's Meedhoo constituency MP Ahmed Siyam, while MTD was formed by jailed former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb. DRP is led by Parliamentary Representative for Kaafu Atoll's Kaashidhoo constituency MP Abdulla Jabir.

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