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EC publicises voters' registry for Presidential Election 2018

11 June 2018, MVT 00:59
Members of the Elections Commission at a press conference. PHOTO: MIHAARU
11 June 2018, MVT 00:59

The Elections Commission (EC) Sunday night publicised the voters’ registry for the upcoming presidential election.

According to commission member Ahmed Akram, there are about 263,000 eligible voters for the election slater for September 23.

The voters registry was gazetted, and published on the EC website. It will be forwarded to all the island councils Monday, Akram said.

The public would have until June 20 to submit any grievances regarding the voters’ registry.

Akram said that the EC wanted to publicise the voters’ registry as soon as possible in order to clear any discrepancies.

The EC members had used the Department of National Registration’s (DNR) data as its basis in compiling the list, and worked carefully to avoid errors, he said.

However, he acknowledged that there may be some mistakes in the voters’ registry, and urged the public to bring them forward as soon as possible.

He noted that deceased persons may still be on the registry since DNR may not have acquired updated information.

“Sometimes, DNR is not informed when a Maldivian citizen passes away abroad; so there may be some information lacking. We urge the public to disclose these information to DNR as quickly as possible, so that it can update its data” Akram elaborated.

While the EC is preparing for the upcoming presidential election, the commission was recently criticised by the opposition who questioned its capability to conduct a free and fair election. The opposition had claimed that the EC was heavily influenced by the ruling government. However, the EC refuted the claims and guaranteed that this year’s election would be free, fair and inclusive.

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