Local Council Elections

86 candidates withdraw from local elections

  • 27 of the candidates withdrew from the seats allocated for women
  • The local council elections, set for April 4, had to be delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic
  • It was delayed through a special motion at parliament, later ratified by the president

K. Male' 2020 Nov 26 | Thu 12:37 local 2,734

(File photo) a polling station - Raajjemv

86 candidates have withdrawn from the local council elections.

While the Local Council Elections and the Women’s Development Committee Elections 2020 had to be rescheduled for next year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, opportunity to withdraw was opened back in June.

27 of the candidates withdrew from the Women’s Development Committee Elections 2020.

41 candidates representing the main ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) have withdrawn since June, as well as 12 representing opposition Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and six from ruling coalition partner Jumhooree Party (JP).

The Local Council Elections and the Women’s Development Committee Elections 2020 were postponed through the People’s Majlis, to avoid a legal vacuum as the terms of existing councilors were to expire on June 3. The parliament passed the special motion back in April.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih ratified the bill to delay the elections, in May.

The Local Council Elections and the Women’s Development Committee Elections 2020 were originally slated for April 4.

Last updated at: 2 weeks ago | Reviewed by: Aman Haleem

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