Top lawmakers reinstated to parties after resubmissions

The three lawmakers who were removed from their respective party's over missing fingerprint records have been re-included in the party registers after new forms were submitted with fingerprints.

Elections commission member Ahmed Akram said Monday that main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) lawmakers Eva Abdulla and Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and Jumhooree Party (JP) member Faisal Naseem had submitted forms with fingerprints.

He said that the trio were back on their respective party registers and the parliament has been duly notified.

The recent amendment to the political party Act mandated all political parties to submit fingerprint records of members within a one month period.

Ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) has become the largest political party in the Maldives after MDP lost nearly half of its membership over the new law.

The archipelago's electoral watchdog publicized party statistics on Monday which show that PPM has 37,633 members after MDP lost 18,803 members reducing its membership to 27,805.

JP was the next biggest loser but maintained third place with almost 11,000 members followed by ruling coalition party Maldives Development Alliance (MDA) in fourth.