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EC meets relevant state bodies to compile voters' registry

Farah Ahmed
22 April 2018, MVT 16:48
Members of the Elections Commission speaking at a press conference held April 12, 2018. MIHAARU PHOTO / HUSSEN WAHEED
Farah Ahmed
22 April 2018, MVT 16:48

The Elections Commission has stated that it is currently working on compiling the voters’ registry for the upcoming presidential election.

The commission members had met the Department of National Registration (DNR) and National Centre for Information Technology’s (NCIT) officials on Sunday.

Elections Commission member Ahmed Akram said that the DNR database would be used as a basis for the registry and that it would hopefully publicise the list next month.

He noted that the last voters registry compiled by the Elections Commission for the Local Council Election did not have many discrepancies.

“We are trying to make the voters registry for the upcoming election even more comprehensive than the one we made for the Local Council Election. We want the public to trust it,” Akram said.

The Elections Commission is meeting with relevant state institutions, as well as international parties ahead of the election.

While there were rumours that electronic voting might be used in the presidential election this year, the commission has refuted these claims and stated that the voting would take place via secret ballots.

Ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) has announced that incumbent President Abdulla Yameen would be running for re-election, while the opposition coalition has still not unveiled its candidate for presidency. It had previously stated that it would come to a civil agreement and nominate a single candidate from the joint coalition; however, this has not been officially confirmed yet.

Article 110 of the Constitution states that the elections for the office of President shall be held within 120 to 30 days prior to the expiry of the existing presidential term. The current presidential term will expire 120 days following July 14.

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