Legal Politics

Ousted lawmakers to top court

The Supreme Court building in the capital Male. MIHAARU FILE PHOTO

The Supreme Court building in the capital Male. MIHAARU FILE PHOTO

The four lawmakers who lost their seats in Parliament have decided to file the case at the top court.

The Elections Commission informed the parliament that Thulusdhoo MP Mohamed Waheed Ibrahim, Villingili MP Saud Hussain, Maduvvari MP Mohamed Ameeth and Dhidhdhoo MP Abdul Latheef Mohamed, all of whom are formerly of ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), have lost their seats. The commission announced on Wednesday that by-elections will be held for their respective constituencies.

MP Waheed told Mihaaru that the lawmakers are currently preparing to submit their case to the Supreme Court, adding that the matter has already been brought to the court’s attention.

“The Supreme Court must look into this, even if on their own initiative,” he said, noting that the top court had previously on occasion taken initiative to look into issues and protect the interests of those involved.

The lawmakers are filing the case claiming that the EC’s decision is unlawful and unjust. While the EC has said that their decision to hold by-elections is in accordance with the Supreme Court’s ruling last week, which states that lawmakers will lose their seats over resigning or being expelled from their political parties or floor crossing, the top court’s order also states that it does not apply to resignations, expulsions and floor crossing that occurred in the past. MPs Waheed, Ameeth and Saud were previously expelled from the ruling party while Latheef joined PPM only after he succeeded his seat as an independent candidate.

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Subject 74 of the Constitution accords the Supreme Court the final say on parliament seats in cases of conflict.

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