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Several PPM voters included in mass re-registry form rejection: ruling party

Lujine Rasheed
26 August 2018, MVT 20:45
PPM's leadership speak to the press regarding the Presidential Election 2018. PHOTO: AHMED NISHAATH/MIHAARU
Lujine Rasheed
26 August 2018, MVT 20:45

Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) declared Sunday that the mass rejection of over 5,000 re-registry forms by the Elections Commission (EC) included a considerable amount of voters from the ruling party as well.

PPM refuted all accusations made by the opposition coalition, of foul play involved in the ruling party's processing of voters' re-registrations. The party further denied all of the opposition coalition's claims that PPM had extorted any processes involved in the elections.

The mass rejection of voters' re-registry forms by EC included a staggering number of 5,626 forms, due to legitimacy issues. These voters will be given a second chance to rectify the probable errors and reapply their forms to EC from this Monday to Wednesday.

The opposition coalition's presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (Ibu) had earlier claimed that the majority of the rejected re-registry forms belonged to members of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP). He further implied an alliance between EC and the ruling party that determined the invalidity of these forms.

"Along with the forms of other party members, several forms of our party members were also denied. We would also like to point out that EC has recognized the errors present in the forms and has given a duration for the reapplication fairly to all denied voters", stated PPM in its statement.

PPM also noted that EC had revealed that 17,000 re-registration applicants out of total 24,000, were through the opposition coalition.

The statement was brought to a close demanding the truth from the opposition coalition, regarding the mass rejection of the re-registry forms. PPM also requested the opposition coalition to bring a stop to the constant slandering of the ruling party and to continue with the elections and campaigning fairly.

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