Maldives' electoral body, Elections Commission (EC) has stated that the commission holds no grudges against former president Yameen Abdul Gayyoom's political party, Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) or its sub-party, Peoples National Congress (PNC).
The Commissioner of Elections, Ahmed Shareef Adam made the statement while speaking at the ceremony held on Monday night to launch the new logo and color of the commission.
During his speech, Commissioner Shareef refuted claims that the commission bourbons enmity towards either PPM or PNC.
Shareef assured that the commission will work within the constitutional law, and noted that the constitution clearly states the ways to hold the commission accountable. In this regard, the commission welcomed the recent move made by a political party where they took complaints regarding the commission to the parliament. The EC will always be answerable according to what the constitution dictates, noted Shareef.
Speaking further, Shareef stressed the importance of fact-checking before publishing information on local media platforms and social media. He urged all medias to be responsible in relaying correct information to the public.
While Commissioner Shareef has denied that the electoral watchdog is biased towards political parties, newly formed political party, PNC recently claimed on media that the Elections Commission is discriminating against the party.