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ACC denies viral list claimed to have been compiled following probe as theirs

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Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has denied that the list – viral on social media – claimed to have been compiled by the commission following their probe into applications of flat recipients deemed eligible under ‘Gedhoruveriya’ scheme was compiled by the commission.

A list comprising of applicants who have been deemed ineligible for the first 4,000 flats under the ‘Gedhoruveriya’ scheme which was claimed to have been compiled by ACC went viral on social media on Sunday.

As per ACC, information regarding a list they had compiled in light of their findings over the course of the investigation has only been shared with the Housing Ministry and the Parliament’s Committee on Independent Institutions so far.

The commission, underscoring important observations that had taken note of during the investigation had been shared during a press briefing held regarding the case, stressed that no further information regarding the case nor any related documents have been shared with any party by the commission nor any of its staff.

They described the circulation of misinformation on social media which would spark anger amongst the public in such a case that is directly linked to the interest of the people as a backward and irresponsible act.

“The information that needs to be disclosed to the public regarding cases under investigation by the commission will be shared through the commission’s official social media accounts and official statements issued to media outlets,” the statement read.

ACC cited their highest priority as upholding the law and protecting the interests of the public while providing complete assurance that their investigations will not be influenced to any extent by any party.

The publication of the list of the recipients of 4,000 flats developed by Fahi Dhiri Ulhun Corporation (FDC) in Hulhumale’ triggered protests from the public over the point allocation. A total of 325 complaints were submitted to ACC over the list, following which they launched a criminal investigation into the matter.

ACC had previously ordered the suspension of issuance of flats, but lifted the suspension on February 1, instructing the Housing Ministry to abide by certain rules while issuing the flats.

Housing Ministry, in a statement on Saturday, said ACC, following their investigation, sent a list of forms to the Ministry on Thursday, which have identified as eligible applicants with no further issues.

As per the statement, the list of forms has been formulated based on information obtained for investigation purposes. Therewith, the Ministry said they are working to declare the list of applicants eligible to receive flats under the ‘Gedhoruveriya’ scheme.

This had sparked concern from the public, fearing that the new administration would revoke the existing list of flat recipients.

Although ACC has greenlighted the issuance of the flats, in an earlier press briefing, they said 59.6 percent of the people who were listed as recipients of flats are ineligible to receive flats under ‘Gedhoruveriya’ scheme.

Housing Ministry states they will be moving forward with flat issuance in accordance with counsel provided by ACC and the Attorney General’s Office.

Source(s): sun.mv

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MDP fails to defend several seats in parliament

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The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has suffered a huge defeat in the parliamentary elections. MDP has lost many of the seats it has been defending for years. As such, MDP has lost many constituencies they held as ruling party and as the opposition.

As such, MDP lost the seat held by Former President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih for 25 years until he became president which was then preceded by the incumbent parliamentarian Jeehan Mahmood. The seat is led by the candidate who contested from the ruling coalition, People’s National Congress (PNC).

The sitting Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed Aslam, was elected to Parliament with the highest number of votes in the history of Parliament and is a very proficient politician. As per the counted voted, Aslam is set to be defeated by PNC’s candidate.

Hithadhoo Central constituency is also a seat that MDP has been defending. However, journalist Ahmed Azaan won the seat, defeating the MDP candidate and the current Deputy Mayor of Addu City.

In addition, the MDP may face losses in seats in famous constituencies. Preliminary results show that the MDP has suffered a huge defeat. However, this result may change.

Source(s): PsmNews

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PNC secures a supermajority in Parliament

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The main ruling People’s National Congress (PNC) has secured a supermajority in the Parliament, winning over 60 seats.

Over 200,000 Maldivians voted in the parliamentary elections held on Sunday, in which 326 candidates contested for 93 seats in the next parliamentary assembly, including six news seats.

The ruling party’s candidates ran for 90 seats. The candidates who ran in the elections also includes 89 candidates from Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP); 39 candidates from the Democrats; 10 candidates from Jumhoory Party (JP); four candidates from Maldives Development Alliance (MDA); four from Adhaalath Party (AP); two from Maldives National Party (MNP); and 130 independent candidates.

The preliminary results show PNC won over 60 seats, which is roughly two-thirds of total seats.

This does not include the independent candidates who contested with the party’s backing, as well as candidates from MNP and MDA – two parties allied with the ruling coalition.

In the 2019 elections, the then-ruling MDP won a supermajority, with 64 seats. Meanwhile, the then-opposition PPM-PNC coalition won just eight.

And in the 2014 elections, the then-ruling PPM won the majority.

The only ruling party which failed to get a majority was MDP, which was during the 2009 elections.

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President casts ballot in parliamentary election

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President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has cast his vote in the parliamentary elections.

President Muizzu cast his vote at a polling station based in Thaajuddeen School. Following his vote, he urged the public to exercise their right by voting promptly.

The Election Commission of the Maldives (ECM) revealed that the voting will take place between 0800hrs to 1730hrs, highlighting that voting commenced promptly at nearly all polling stations on time.

In the current parliamentary elections, the ruling party People’s National Congress (PNC) led by President Muizzu has nominated candidates to contest in 90 constituencies.

Source(s): PsmNews

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