The Elections Commission (EC) has revealed that the commission had not only rejected membership forms of the Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) but that of other parties due to unclear fingerprints.
Vice President of the commission Ahmed Fayaz Hassan said today that the main reason why membership forms submitted by other parties have also been rejected is due to unclear fingerprints.
“It’s not just a problem faced by PPM. Several forms submitted by other parties have also been rejected and this can only be solved by stamping clear fingerprints on the forms,” he said.
According to Fayaz the decision to include fingerprints in political party membership forms was taken after discussion amongst the political parties of the Maldives and that given several forms are being rejected due to the fingerprints being unclear, discussions were held with political parties over that matter as well.
“The parties also agree that a fingerprint should be included in the application form, and several exceptions have been allowed in the processing of forms on their request,” he said.
Around 50 factors are looked upon when validating and accepting a membership form to a political party and exceptions are made in factors where it is possible, but an exception cannot be made regarding the signature, fingerprint and incomplete information according to Fayaz.
He revealed that though a machine is not used yet to identify and record fingerprints, it is being considered.
“It will be a waste of resources for us to record fingerprints as the Police and the Department of National Registration already does that and we will report any case of forged fingerprints to the Police,” he said.
He also noted that complaints of having been falsely signed up for parties have also stopped once the fingerprint was introduced.
“Before, three to four people would call claiming that they had not signed up for a particular political party, but since the introduction of the fingerprint, such complaints have almost completely stopped,” he said.