Island councillor reportedly appointed without by-election

The Elections Commission (EC) has appointed a member to the Kamadhoo Island Council in Baa Atoll without a by-election after an application deadline passed with only one valid candidate.

Haveeru has reported that Ali Naaidh of Rosemead, Kamadhoo, was appointed to the local island council after the EC rejected two other applications from candidates from the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and the opposition Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) that it said were “incomplete”.

A by-election has initially been planned for a month from today (June 5) after Ahmed Shafeeq, a previously elected member of the council resigned on the grounds of dealing with “personal problems”, the report added.

The EC were unavailable for comment when contacted by Minivan News at the time of going to press.