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LGA action against MDP councilors involved in primary 'unjust'

Nafaahath Ibrahim
11 June 2018, MVT 20:12
Nafaahath Ibrahim
11 June 2018, MVT 20:12

Main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) raised concerns on Monday, stating that Local Government Authority (LGA)'s treatment of MDP councilors who led the party's primary was unfair.

MDP had carried on with its primary despite a Civil Court order to cease, stating it to be an illegal election.

LGA had launched an investigation into the MDP councilors who led the primary proceedings. Letters were issued to some of the councilors regarding the issue.

Additionally, LGA had requested information regarding the extent of the councilors' involvement in the primary.

MDP declared in a statement that it was unlawful to threaten and take action against their councilors, claiming that their primary elections had been legal. The statement accused the government of taking away several rights the Constitution granted to the public over the past five years.

MDP further stated that decentralization was vital for development to happen in the Maldives.

The sole candidate of MDP's presidential primary was former President Mohamed Nasheed. The Elections Commission had warned MDP against giving candidacy to Nasheed, stating that he was a convicted criminal with a 13 year jail sentence and thus ineligible to run for president.