Political parties will receive funds disbursed by the Elections Commission (EC) this week, according to local media.
Secretary General of EC Asim Abdul Sattar told Sun Online that the Finance Ministry was facing “difficulties” because of the high number of vouchers received at the beginning of the year, which is why funds had not previously been distributed.
According to EC Member Ali Mohamed Manik, seven political parties have had funds withheld because they have not held any political activities or submitted “up-to-standard” audit reports.
The Maldives presently has 16 registered political parties, however only eight meet the requirements for actively holding political events and having at least 3,000 registered members, states local media.
- Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP): MVR 3.6 million (US$233,280);
- Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) MVR 1.98 million (US$128,304);
- Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) MVR 1.9 million (US$123,120);
- Jumhooree Party (JP) MVR 1.2 million (US$77,760);
- Adhaalath Party (AP) MVR 794,000 (US$51,451);
- Maldives Development Alliance (MDA) MVR 624,000 (US$40,435);
- Gaumee Itthihad MVR 608,000 (US$39,398);
- Dhivehi Qaumee Party (DQP) MVR 529,000 (US$34,279); and
- Maldives National Congress (MNC) MVR 478,000 (US$ 30,974).