The parliament voted against three bills on Sunday, during its first parliamentary session of this year's third term.
The first was the bill filed to increase the fee of parliament candidate applications. The bill filed by Faresmaathodaa MP Hussain Mohamed Latheef was thrown out of the parliament floor with 50 votes against it, out of 66 parliamentarians who were present for the session. While 15 MPs voted in favour, a single MP remained neutral.
The newly introduced bill had proposed to increase the current fee of MVR 5,000 to MVR 15,000. The bill was researched by the parliamentary Committee on Independent Institutions, which had passed it without any amendments.
A second bill, presented by Ibrahim Didi of Feydhoo constituency, to amend the Criminal Procedure Code was also denied on the parliament floor, with 66 out of 68 members present for the sitting voting against the bill.
Major changes to the code were proposed in the past by the state, but it was initially retracted due to concerns expressed by many of the parliamentarians.
Additionally, a bill to change the name of ‘Maldives Correctional Service’ to ‘National Prison Service’ was denied passage on the parliament floor when 61 out of 68 MPs voted against the bill.