The High Court has delayed the case filed by main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) against the Elections Commission (EC), over abolishing MDP’s initial candidacy list for the Local Council Elections, to this Thursday.
Initially 900 candidates had applied to take part in the local elections while it was scheduled for January 14. However, as the Civil Court had ordered to delay the election by two months, EC had eventually announced that all candidates should reapply for the election, now scheduled for April 8.
According to High Court spokesperson Ameen Faisal, the case was delayed on the request of Attorney General’s Office. The request stated that the office requires more time to respond to the case.
Electoral complaints are filed directly to the High Court. This is the court's first complaint received regarding the Local Council Elections.
The Local Council Elections was delayed by the Civil Court after ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) sought to postpone, saying that recent internal political conflicts within the party had hindered its preparations for the elections.