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No evidence of PPM access to classified elections data: EC

Shaina Abdulla
30 August 2018, MVT 22:28
Chief of Elections Commission (EC) Ahmed Shareef
Shaina Abdulla
30 August 2018, MVT 22:28

Elections Commission (EC) has stated that there has been no evidence to prove the possibility of ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM)'s campaign office having access to classified information of EC.

In response to a letter by opposition aligned former Thinadhoo MP Mohamed Gasam, EC chief Ahmed Shareef confirmed that no evidence has been found of PPM having access to any information of the commission.

Gasam, in his letter to EC, stated that several eligible voters who re-registered to cast vote at Sri Lanka were contacted by someone identifying they were from PPM's campaign office inquiring about the voter's decision for re-registration.

While speaking at a press conference organized by the EC, Shareef emphasized the possibility of President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom's campaign offices having access to classified information regarding the elections. He subsequently stated that the matter is being looked into, in alliance with the Compliance Bureau.

When asked about how PPM's campaign office would have received access to this information, Shareef clarified that the PPM campaign offices had made personal phone calls to individuals, and the extraction of necessary information via these individuals.

Nevertheless, Shareef guaranteed that the PPM campaign office would not be able to meddle with the upcoming election process even with any leaked information, adding that some of these phone calls were conspicuous traps to try and change the mind of the voter.

Out of 95,739 re-registration forms that were applied, only 78,964 forms were approved by the Elections Commission. Due to a multitude of errors 5,626 forms have also been rejected by EC. Adding to the statistics are 11,149 forms that were supposed to have been sent under a single individual's identity.

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