The opposing parties, the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and Maldives National Party (MNP), have launched their campaigns for the Guraidhoo by-election.
The Election Commission decided to hold the by-election for the Parliament's Guriadhoo seat on April 15, following the death of MP Ibrahim Riza on February 22. Three candidates will contest the by-election scheduled for April 15 for the seat. They are the main-ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)'s Ibrahim Shaz, the opposing Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM)'s candidate, MP Riza's brother, Hussain Riza, and Maldives National Party (MNP) candidate, Ali Arif. All three are from Guraidhoo island, the largest island in the Guraidhoo constituency.
While PPM and MNP have kicked off their campaigns, the PPM campaign is headed by the party's two Vice Presidents, Th. Guraidhoo MP Ghassan Maumoon and Naifaru MP Ahmed Shiyam, and PNC's Vice President and Hulhumale Councillor Ibrahim Sujau.
MNP's campaign is led by the party's President and Dhangethi MP Mohamed Nazim and other members of the party's leadership.
While the two opposing parties have commenced their campaign, the main-ruling MDP does not seem to be facing the election with much zeal.