MDP accuses gov't of meddling in upcoming parliamentary elections

The largest opposition party, the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), has accused the government of influencing the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Speaking at a press conference held today to launch the party's parliamentary campaign, MDP's campaign spokesperson and Kendhikulhudhoo MP Ahmed Easa highlighted what he described as egregious government interference in the electoral process. MP Easa noted instances where employees of government companies are being forced to participate in campaign activities for candidates affiliated with the ruling Progressive National Congress (PNC).

“We have [text] messages from the people who are currently in charge of FENAKA stations in some islands ordering station employees to participate in events welcoming PNC candidates upon their arrival," stated MP Easa.

In addition, he asserted that small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) loans were being disbursed and employment opportunities were being offered in a manner seemingly aimed at influencing the outcome of the parliamentary elections.

The parliamentary election will be held after Ramadan.