Maldives police ignore concerns to take-down MDP campaign posters

Maldives police on Tuesday continued to prevent main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) from campaigning for the presidential elections after blocking off and taking down campaign posters in the capital Male.

MDP had continued an event to put up posters for the September elections in Male on Tuesday. But police impeded MDP supporters as officers took the posters down.

The latest infringement came after the Elections Commission had promised to sit-down with the police in a bid to put a stop to the continued block on MDP's presidential campaign.

Police had also prevented MDP supporters from putting up posters in the capital Male on Monday after blocking a campaign run on Friday.

Top MDP officials had met with the Elections Commission where elections chief Ahmed Shareef Umar has promised to take up the issue with the police, MDP deputy chairperson Ali Niyaz had said.

MDP meanwhile boycotted the national advisory committee for the upcoming presidential elections accusing the electoral watchdog of ignoring repeated requests to facilitate the party's campaign for the crunch elections.