Press Statement by Transparency Maldives

 

22 July 2013

 

Transparency Maldives is concerned that the videos allegedly showing a Supreme Court judge engaging in immoral and illegal actions, resulting in adversely effecting the credibility and public trust of the Supreme Court is leading to irreparable damages to the democratic systems of the country.

 

All the relevant institutions of the State have a role to play in upholding the integrity of such a key institution. In this respect, Transparency Maldives believes that it is the duty of the relevant State institutions to inform the public of the facts and truth of the allegations at the earliest to protect the sanctity and trust of the Supreme Court.

 

The institutions that investigate and review such allegations should be free of partisan bias and conflict of interests and must conduct itself in a transparent manner, not allowing room for uncertainty, to ensure the integrity of the pillars of the State and the individuals that comprise these systems. Transparency Maldives calls on all relevant institutions, and especially the Judicial Services Commission, to do all it can to expedite the processes in resolving the issue.

 

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Please call Transparency Maldives’ Advocacy and Communications Manager Aiman Rasheed (+960 790 8967) for queries.

 

Download the press statement in Divehi and English


TM releases its pre-election assessment

 

TM releases its pre-election assessment.[/caption]

 

A pre-election assessment conducted by Transparency Maldives has concluded that trust and confidence in the political system, relevant institutions and institutional processes, needed to be increased and maintained for holding successful presidential elections later this year.

 

The assessment, which was based on interviews with key stakeholders and focus group discussions, highlighted the need for increasing and maintaining confidence in the electoral administration and processes, and recommends the Elections Commission to proactively and regularly engage with relevant actors.

 

“Several interlocutors we met highlighted that there was a need for the Elections Commission to be more proactive. There is a concern that everyone was not on board as the EC prepares for the elections”, TM’s Advocacy Manager Aiman Rasheed commented.

 

Similarly, the assessment recommended that institutions such as the judiciary that handles any case affecting the electoral rights of voters and candidates must ensure public confidence and must be unquestionable.

 

The assessment also found that a crisis of confidence and trust in politicians sincerity to deliver on their promises was one of the main reasons for the practice of vote buying.

 

As a key recommendation, the assessment calls on the EC, the media and the civil society, to organise urgent voter education and constructive public debate around issues.

 

In the assessment, the elections complaints and dispute resolution system was described as broken and lacking stakeholder trust.

 

“Almost all of the interlocutors we met described the electoral complaints system as an utter failure,” said Mr Rasheed.

 

Part of the solution we propose is establishing an interagency task force between relevant institutions such as the Police, the Prosecutor General, the Anti-Corruption Commission, and the EC.

 

We have also recommended for urgent reforms to the electoral legal framework to establish an independent complaints tribunal, and better regulate the most problematic areas such as political finance and interagency jurisdictional issues.

 

Without such reforms, what the assessment calls the culture of misuse of state resources could not be addressed too, Mr Rasheed added.

 

The pre-election assessment is part of TM’s comprehensive Elections Program to conduct nation-wide observation of the upcoming elections.

 

The assessment was released at a press conference on Thursday.

 

To download the assessment tm_pre_election_assessment

 

To download Dhivehi press release elections_pressrelease

 

Media contact:

 

Aiman Rasheed, Advocacy and Communications Manager

Mobile: +960 7908967

Email: aiman.rasheed@transparencymaldives.org