Opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) National Congress last night passed a resolution not to partake in an election that does not allow the party's presidential candidate and former President Mohamed Nasheed to contest.
The resolution proposed by Henveiru-south constituency MP Hamid Abdul Ghafoor was passed by a 66 member majority during a National Congress meeting held last night at Usfasgandu. The resolution detailed that the charges against the party’s presidential candidate elected with 31,700 votes filed by the government was politically motivated. Hence as the party believes that the charges were intended to impede Nasheed contesting the election, the decision is made not to partake in an election that does not allow MDP’s elected presidential candidate to contest.
Hamid said that the news of Nasheed’s case being sent back to the Prosecutor General’s (PG) office had been received after the necessary preparations had been made to submit the resolution to the MDP Congress.
He further highlighted that Nasheed had been voted as the party’s presidential candidate with twice the number of the total members in pro-government Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM). While adding that Nasheed had received 4,000 more votes than the total membership of Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP), Hamid called on against stymieing Nasheed contesting in the elections.
“Don’t engage in such actions when it’s obvious that we can’t be challenged. I want to reiterate that the votes Nasheed received are more than twice of PPM’s total membership. Hence don’t confront Nasheed. Back off,” Hamid said.