The Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) has become the second largest political party in the Maldives, overtaking Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) in membership numbers.
According to local media, the number of members in the DRP now stands at 22,687 – a 64 member lead on the 22,263 members of PPM.
The largest party in the Maldives, the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), stood at 47,192 members as of December last year.
However, local media reported that the latest Election Commission (EC) numbers for the MDP show that the party had lost 237 members this month alone.
President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik’s Gaumee Ittihad Party (GIP) gained the most members in February, according to local media, increasing its membership by 372.
Amongst the 16 political parties in the country, Jumhooree Party (JP) currently has the most member registration forms pending in the EC with 2595 waiting to be approved.