The coalition partners have disclosed that they are happy with President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s choice of running mate for the 2023 Presidential Election.
President Solih’s running mate for the election is Member of Parliament for North Addu Hithadhoo constituency, Mohamed Aslam.
MDP made the announcement on Saturday.
Aslam is the leader of the MDP parliamentary group and the majority leader of the parliament. He has been working with the MDP since its inception.
Aslam has also worked with the President in the Parliament for many years.
President Solih has told reporters earlier that he would decide his running mate after much deliberation. He said he would seek the opinion of senior party leaders in the decision.
MDP has stated that the party wanted the President’s running mate for this year’s election to be one from the party.
Coalition partner, Maldives Development Alliance (MDA)’s Deputy Leader Ali Mauroof stated that the party is happy with the choice. He stated that Aslam is someone President Solih trusts.
Stating that President Solih’s decision is a very good decision, Mauroof noted that Aslam is an experienced politician.
Noting that Aslam is now completing his fourth term in the People’s Majlis, Mauroof noted that this is proof that he is well loved by the people of Addu City.
He also said that choosing Aslam as the running mate would help President Solih to win the election in one round.
Coalition partner Adhaalath Party has also announced their approval for the President’s choice of running mate.
As such, Deputy Leader of Adhaalath, Mohamed Iaadh Hameedh stated that this was the best choice.
MDP on Sunday, has submitted the candidacy form of President Solih to the Elections Commission.
MDP’s election agent, Mohamed Nashiz, handed over the form to the President of the EC, Fuad Thaufeeq.
Candidates must adhere to the criteria outlined in Article 109 of the Constitution and Article 7 of the Presidential Election Act
The requirements for a candidate for the position of Vice-President are the same as those for the President of the Maldives, as stated in Article 112(N) of the Constitution.
The election voting period is set to run from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm on 09th September.
The Commission has disclosed that a total of 604 ballot boxes will be stationed across the Maldives and abroad for the Presidential Election.
A total of 282,755 people are eligible to vote in the election.