President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Wednesday reappointed a former member of the Elections Commission, Ismail Habeeb Abdul Raheem.
The letter of appointment as Commission member was presented to Habeeb by President Solih, during a ceremony held at the President’s Office.
Prior to receiving the letter, Habeeb took the oath of office administered by Supreme Court Judge Abdul Ghanee Mohamed in the presence of the President.
The appointment was made in accordance with Articles 167(a) and 168 (b) of the Constitution and the 'Elections Commission Act' (No. 8/2008).
The vacancy was announced as the expiration of Habeeb’s term on March 13, drew close. Habeeb contended for a second five-year term alongside 15 other candidates that were submitted by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and forwarded to the parliamentary Committee on Independent Institutions for review.
The report, compiled by the Committee on Independent Institutions, stated that Habeeb received a score of 90.28 percent, the highest attained among those considered for the position.
The re-appointment was approved by a unanimous vote between the 58 parliamentarians that took part in the vote.
Currently, the Elections Commission is comprised of Ahmed Shareef as President, Amjad Musthafa as Vice President, Ahmed Akram, Ali Nashaath and Ismail Habeeb Abdul Raheem.