Thief banished for 27 years serving as DRP Maafaru councillor

A group of Shaviyani Maafaru islanders have lodged complaints at the Elections Commission (EC) and the Supreme Court claiming that an opposition Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) candidate elected to island council had been sentenced 27-years banishment to Maafaru in 1977.

An islander told newspaper Haveeru that Councillor Ibahim Manik had changed his address from Machangoalhi Kishmireege in Male’ to Maafaru Abaage to become eligible and that a complaint at the EC before the election had been dismissed.

An EC official meanwhile explained that the documents proving Manik’s sentence had been submitted after the complaints deadline elapsed, adding that the EC had been unable to find evidence because of the changed address.

The ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has a majority of seats in the Maafaru council.


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