'MDP will win over 80 percent of council seats': Pres Solih

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has stated that the main-ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) will win over 80 percent of seats in the upcoming Local Council Election and Women’s Development Committee election. The President made the statement while speaking at MDP’s National Assembly on Sunday night.

The Local Council Election is scheduled to take place on April 10 after long delays.

Speaking at the assembly, President Solih said MDP won over 50 percent of votes in the last presidential election, and 70 percent of seats in the parliamentary election. The current political environment suggests that MDP will win over 75 percent of seats in the local council election, while he is of the person belief that MDP would win over 80 percent of seats, said the president.

Noting that there have been significant delays in holding the council elections initially scheduled for April 2020, the president noted that there are several challenges to campaigning for the election in the midst of a dangerous pandemic. However, MDP is always election-ready, even if it is a presidential, parliamentary or local council election, said President Solih. MDP is well-versed in elections, said the president.

The president said the country’s citizens would ask the government what it has done for the people, ahead of the election. President Solih said the answer for the question is ready, and that the government has contributed in many ways to different sectors during the current pandemic. President Solih said the most important aspect of the campaign must be providing information on the government’s contributions.

President Solih said he is prepared to set time aside for campaigning for the local council election. Cabinet ministers and other government officials are ready to do whatever is necessary, he added.