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Electoral watchdog green lights President Yameen's re-election bid

Shaina Abdulla
27 May 2018, MVT 14:55
President Yameen Abdul Gayoom
Shaina Abdulla
27 May 2018, MVT 14:55

Elections Commission (EC) has revealed that ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM)'s approval for President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s re-election bid is in accordance with the party charter.

The electoral watchdog had investigated the approval of incumbent president’s re-election bid amidst allegations that the party council’s approval was in conflict with it's charter.

EC member Ahmed Akram stated that the ruling party had earlier submitted the bid to the commission along with it's party charter. According to Akram, Section 69 of PPM’s charter allows the outgoing president to seek re-election on behalf of the party, provided there are no objections from the party council. Therefore, the electoral watchdog has concluded that the council's decision was made in line with the party’s regulations.

The PPM party charter states that if another member or members show interest in partaking in the run for presidency, the member will be required to compete against the party leader in the party primary elections in order to run for presidential candidacy. However, as no members of the ruling party announced candidacy for the primary elections, the incumbent president and leader of PPM Yameen's re-election bid was approved by the party council.