First round presidential candidates comply with financial statement deadline

The Elections Commission (EC) has confirmed that candidates who did not advance to the second round of the presidential election have submitted their financial statements.

According to the Presidential Election Act, candidates must have all their financial transactions related to the election audited by the official elections auditor and submit the audit report through their official elections agents to the EC within 60 days after the election. The deadline for first-round candidates who did not proceed to the second round was Wednesday.

Election Commission's Secretary General Hassan Zakariyya told AVAS that independent candidates Umar Naseer, Hassan Zameel, Ahmed Faris Maumoon, Jumhooree Party candidate Qasim Ibrahim, The Democrats candidate Ilyas Labeeb and Maldives National Party (MNP) candidate Mohamed Nazim have all submitted their statements before the deadline.

As per the Act, the two candidates that advanced to the second round, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and President-Elect Dr. Mohamed Muizzu must submit their financial transaction information before November 29.

Vice Chair of the Elections Commission Ismail Habeeb had earlier said the commission would publish audit reports submitted by candidates, along with all financial transactions, bills and bank statements on the Election Commission website and make the reports publicly accessible.