MPs vote against transferring immigration department under defence ministry

MPs today voted 27-23 against approving President Dr Mohamed Waheed’s decision to transfer the department of immigration and emigration under the defence ministry.

During the debate on the request by the President’s Office to endorse the changes to the defence ministry’s mandate, MP Mohamed Rasheed of the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) proposed a motion against approving the changes.

The motion was carried with 27 votes in favour, 23 against and one abstention.

MDP MPs contended that the transfer of the immigration department in December 2012 contravened the constitution. The department was functioning under the home ministry at the time.