PPM fined MVR5,000 over fraudulent membership form

The Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) has been fined MVR5,000 (US$324) by the Elections Commission (EC) for submitting a fraudulent membership form last year.

According to the EC, the membership form was submitted on behalf of a dead person in violation of article eight of the Political Parties Act.

The PPM has been asked to pay the fine in 15 days.

In June 2013, the Anti-Corruption Commission discovered that two membership forms submitted by former President Dr Mohamed Waheed’s now-defunct Gaumee Ihthihaad Party “were signed by persons who had passed away prior to the forms being sent to the EC.”