Jumhooree coalition Presidential Candidate Gasim Ibrahim’s spokesperson Ibrahim Khaleel has accused the Elections Commission (EC) of anti-campaigning against their candidate.
Khaleel is quoted in local media as stating that the EC has today infringed upon the electoral rights of candidates.
Khaleel stated that the EC, in a press conference held Saturday afternoon, had spoken about the JP refusing to sign the voters’ list which is to be used in a second round of elections which, if necessary, are to be held on Sunday.
He then alleged that this statement by the EC would lead Gasim to lose support.
EC President Fuwad Thowfeek cited words of JP’s Deputy Leader Ibrahim Didi, who, according to Thowfeek had told him the party “had no objections with proceeding with elections, but [we] refuse to sign the voter lists”, and also had stated he would send in a letter saying the same.
Khaleel, however, denied that this way the party’s stand and claimed instead that it was the deputy leader’s personal opinion.
EC Member Ali Mohamed Manik had been asked a similar question at today’s press conference by Gasim-owned VMedia, whether the commission’s intention was to anti-campaign by talking about the matter.
“We will neither campaign nor anti-campaign for anyone. We have no interest whatsoever in electing any particular candidate. I don’t believe that we have infringed any candidates’ rights by truthfully and factually answering media queries about who has so far signed or not signed the register.”
“We have a window of less than 24 hours between the two rounds of voting, and so we must speak of the matter. If this is then interpreted as anti-campaigning, then the only choice left would be to stop providing information to the media completely, and that probably is not an acceptable option.”