EC officials accused of campaigning for pres

Several election officials assigned to ballot boxes have been accused of campaigning for incumbent president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom ahead of the upcoming presidential elections.

Pictures of election officials designated to polling stations in Alif Alif Atoll Himandhoo island campaigning for president Yameen have been widely shared across social networking sites.

Another picture of the officials designated to polling stations in Raa Atoll Dhuvaafaru island was pictured during a ruling party rally held in the island during president Yameen's recent visit to the island.

Opposition aligned lawmaker Ahmed Mahloof alleged that ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) had "handpicked" most of the officials designated to polling stations further casting doubts over the integrity of the Elections Commission.

The commission however, insisted that none of the officials designated to the polling stations were active members of any party.

Commission member Ahmed Akram urged the public to submit official complaints if there are any question marks over any of the officials.

"We're very happy that the focal points are keeping such a close eye on such things. But we urge people to submit official complaints. Then we will look into it. If any of the officials after being selected has engaged in any political activity then we will take the necessary action accordingly," Akram said.

He also assured that the commission would look into the pictures currently being circulated on social media and vowed to take action if needed.