The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has ordered public servants to resign from their position before contesting parliamentary elections in March.
The CSC sent a circular to all ministries and local council secretariats on Tuesday stating civil servants will be dismissed as per Article 51 (b) of the Civil Service Act if they stand for the People’s Majlis without submitting a resignation.
A CSC statement said civil servants must be independent and standing for any public election would “contravene the civil service’s mandate.”
Candidates for the People’s Majlis are required to submit their applications to the Elections Commission by February 11. Polls have been scheduled for March 22.