President Nasheed discharges councillors ahead of local elections

President Mohamed Nasheed has today terminated the positions of appointed councillors ahead of local elections set to take place in February.

Nasheed claimed that the decision to discharge the councillors reflected an attempt to ensure February’s local council elections will be contested in an as “free and fair” manner as possible. The decision was first announced by the president back in September, according to a statement released from his office.

“The people will place one of the biggest responsibilities in national development on the local councils to be elected in February 2011,” read the statement.

“Accordingly, with respect to the powers vested on him under Article 115 of the Constitution, the President has decided to discharge all councillors appointed by him, effective from 26 December 2010.”