Election Commission Grants Approval for Formation of The Democrats Party Amid Controversy

  • Maldives
  • Politics
PUBLISHED 02 July 2023

In a significant development, the Election Commission has granted approval for the formation of The Democrats party, allowing them to hold their inaugural meeting as an official political entity. Vice President of the Elections Commission, Ismail Habeeb, confirmed that the request made by MP Hassan Latheef to form The Democrats party has been officially approved. This momentous occasion marks the culmination of efforts by 12 parliamentarians who were previously affiliated with the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).

However, the Elections Commission's decision has not been without controversy. A civil suit has been filed against the commission, raising concerns about the perceived delay in granting permission for the formation of The Democrats party. It should be noted that the decision to approve the party's formation was made through online consultations with the commission members, as the required quorum for an in-person EC meeting was not met.

The Democrats party successfully obtained and submitted the necessary 3,000 signatures for party registration on June 1. Their prompt action and adherence to the legal requirements demonstrate their commitment to a transparent and democratic process. Nonetheless, opposition parties have voiced their apprehensions regarding the credibility of the Elections Commission in handling this matter.

The formation of The Democrats party opens up new possibilities and avenues for political representation in the Maldives. As a newly established political entity, The Democrats will likely focus on articulating their vision, core principles, and policy objectives. This development will undoubtedly reshape the political landscape in the country, presenting citizens with additional options and promoting a more vibrant and diversified democratic system.

The coming weeks and months will be crucial for The Democrats as they embark on their journey as an official political party. The spotlight will be on their leadership, manifesto, and ability to attract supporters. Moreover, their stance on critical issues, such as governance, social justice, economic development, and foreign policy, will be closely scrutinized as they seek to differentiate themselves from existing political factions.

The approval granted by the Election Commission marks a significant milestone for The Democrats party. It signals the beginning of a new era in Maldivian politics and reinforces the importance of a robust and inclusive democratic process. As the party takes its first steps, the nation eagerly awaits the unfolding of their agenda and the impact they will have on the political landscape of the Maldives.