9 October 2013
At the meeting of the National Advisory Committee for Elections (NAC) held at the Elections Commission’s (EC) headquarters on 9 October 2013, Transparency Maldives (TM) sought clarifications, made comments and observations and provided advise. A summary of the details follow.
Updates by the Elections Commission
- Re-registration for the election scheduled for 19 October to begin at 6pm on 9 October 2013. Re-registration will conclude at 11:59pm 10 October 2013.
- Ballot papers will be given to print today, 9 October.
- Elections Commission has not received the details of the Supreme Court verdict (number 42) regarding the discrepancies in the voter registry and in the records of citizens who voted (eg. ID card number mismatch, permanent address mismatch, name mismatch) on Election Day.
- An additional 7 ballot boxes will be added to the 470 ballot boxes of the annulled 7 September 2013 elections.
- The Elections Commission informed the National Advisory Committee for Elections that the Elections Commission will not be able to guarantee the right to vote for people with discrepancies in the voter registry and their ID cards.
About the National Advisory Committee for Elections
The National Advisory Committee for Elections is convened by the Elections Commission and is the highest statutory advisory body for elections. The committee comprises the five members of the Elections Commission, a representative of each of the four candidates contesting the Presidential Elections 2013, a member of the Maldives Broadcasting Commission, Maldives Media Council and the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives, a representative of the Maldives Police Service and civil society.
Transparency Maldives’ (TM) Advocacy and Communications Manager, Aiman Rasheed sits on the National Advisory Committee for Elections as the civil society representative.