MNP to hold inaugural congress on October 8

Maldives National Party (MNP) will hold their inaugural congress on October 8, the party has said.

The Elections Commission gave permission to form MNP as a political party in July this year. MNP submitted over 5,000 membership registration forms and requested to register the party on September 15. On Tuesday, EC gave the greenlight to hold the party's inaugural congress after verifying that majority of the membership forms were valid. If the the inaugural congress is carried out according to the regulations, the party will be formally registered as a political party.

Speaking at a press conference held Tuesday, one of MNP's founders, Thimarafushi MP Abdulla Riyaz said the inaugural congress has been scheduled for October 8. The event will be held at Ghiyasuddin International School's Hall.

Riyaz said the first session of the congress will be held from 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm. The second session will begin at 9:00 pm. The party's name, logo, flag, color as well as the party's charters will be finalized at the congress. Members will also be appointed to the party's interim executive council. Appointments will be made for the posts of party President, six Deputy Presidents, Women's Wing Leader, Youth Wing Leader and 21 council members. One Vice President slot and seven council seats have been designated for women.

Submissions are now open to apply for interim executive committee membership. Forms may be submitted to the party via email, Viber or physically to the party's office. The deadline for submissions is 2:00 pm on October 3.