The Maldivian Democratic Party has refused to endorse the election commission’s voter registry for the upcoming local council elections, saying it is unable to verify the list because of missing identity card numbers.
All political parties and independent candidates are required to verify and approve the voter registry before polls can take place, according to a 2013 electoral guideline by the supreme court.
Hisaan Hussein, the MDP lawyer, said the apex court’s guidelines require the election commission to publish the name, address and identity card number for eligible voters to allow candidates to check the registry’s accuracy.
“It is very difficult for us to sign off on the list without verifying it,” she said.
It is unclear if the May 6 elections will go ahead if the main opposition party declines to endorse the registry.
The elections commission, however, held parliamentary and local council elections in 2014 despite some independent candidates’ refusal to approve it.
Anas Abdul Sattar, the MDP’s secretary general, went on to allege opportunity for voter fraud, saying: “We do not know what list this is because it has been created without national ID card numbers. We also do not know which list will be finalised for the election.”
The elections commission was not responding to calls for comment at the time of going to press.
Political parties and independent candidates are required to approve the registry before April 18.
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Source URL: Maldives Independent