Elections Commission (EC) has revealed that the commission will be forwarding to the Prosecutor Gneral's Office, the cases of the parliamentary candidates who failed to submit their financial statements.
EC member Ahmed Akram confirmed this, stating that the commission will be sending the cases to the PG within this week.
General Elections Act requires all candidates of a national election to submit financial statements on their campaign expenditures within 21 days from the date of election. Failure to submit the documents is punishable by six months to two years in jail, or a fine between MVR 6000 - 24,000.
While 347 out of 386 candidates submitted their documents before the deadline, 39 candidates failed to submit their declarations. 31 independent candidates, two candidates from opposing Progressive Party of Maldives, two candidates from Peoples’ National Congress, one candidate from Adhaalath Party, two candidates from Maldives Third Way Democrats and two candidates of Labour Party failed to submit their financial information, while the candidates who won the elections all submitted their documents before the deadline.