Parliament fails to appoint new representative to JSC

The Parliament has failed to come to a decision in appointing a new representative to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) after all four proposed candidates failed to obtain the required majority.

The names of the four MPs proposed to fill the judicial watchdog’s vacancy included: opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) MP Ahmed Hamza, Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) MP Abdul Azeez Jamaal Aboobakr, former MDP and currently Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) MP Mohamed ‘Colonel’ Nasheed, and independent MP Mohamed Hussain.

During the voting session held today, 39 MPs out of 73 who took part decided against appointing Hamza to the position, while 34 MPs voted in his favour.  

Meanwhile, 55 MPs opposed the proposition to appoint ‘Colonel’ Nasheed, and 42 MPs voted against Jamaal Aboobakr. Independent MP Mohamed Hussain withdrew his name.

Following the outcome, Speaker of Parliament Abdulla Shahid announced that the Majlis would open the opportunity for parties to propose names in the next session.

Previously, resort tycoon and leader of Jumhoree Party (JP) Gasim Ibrahim was parliament’s representative at the JSC, but he had to give up the seat after he was officially declared a candidate in the upcoming presidential election.

In June 2011, Gaism Ibrahim was appointed to the commission after parliament voted out the former MP late Dr Afrasheem Ali.  In a close contest between then ruling MDP and the opposition parties, Gasim Ibrahim beat former MDP Chairperson MP Mariya Ahmed Didi by 38 votes to 36.

The current JSC composition includes speaker of parliament, a judge from Supreme Court, a High Court judge, a judge from trial courts, a member of parliament, a member appointed from the general public, the Civil Service Commission Chair, an individual appointed by the president, the attorney general, and a lawyer elected from those registered in the country.

During today’s session, parliament also appointed former Education Minister Dr Dr Mohamed Latheef as chair of Civil Service Commission (CSC) – a post that had been vacant since the parliamentary deposition of Fahmy Hassan.


7 thoughts on “Parliament fails to appoint new representative to JSC”

  1. The problem of judiciary stem from the parliament.
    Corruption of judiciary is just a manifestation of the corruption in parliament.

    Velazinee should be shouting at parliament and should not bark wrong tree.

  2. @Parliament corrupts the Judiciary on Tue, 20th Aug 2013 8:06 PM

    "The problem of judiciary stem from the parliament."

    Who put them there? Those parliamentarians didn't just fall from the sky. Here's a radical solution:

    (1) Dissolve parliament and lock up all these sleazy sex mad judges.
    (2) Impose martial law for the next 30 years.

    Come back after 30 years to check on progress (or not).

  3. @Ahmed Bin AS

    The parliament is largely bought (may be 80%). Yes, MPs did not fall from the sky but money to buy the MPs seats fell from some where.

    The solution is to raise awareness of the deep and lasting implication of selling a vote. But then none of the TV channels will do that.

    Blame DhiTV, Raaje TV, TVM and VTV too.

    So, Judiciary gets corrupted after many many things in the chain are corrupted.

  4. @Parliament

    Yeah. But that's back to square one. General public ignorance and blatant corruption and rampant political prostitution across the country.

    We are the source of the problem. We are, what we made ourselves to be.

    The question now is, do we deserve any better?

  5. @Andrew Andreas on Tue, 20th Aug 2013 11:40 PM

    "The question now is, do we deserve any better?"

    You may not like what I'm going to say. Long ago, the white apartheid rulers of South Africa deemed that the black man was incapable of even looking after himself. Now, whether you agree with that or not doesn't matter.

    What concerns us here today is that Maldivians are in no position to look after themselves! This is what leads to decades, if not centuries of under-development and ultimately a vicious cycle.

  6. all these politician are behind money and power and worst of them is Nasheed.

    Nasheed is had ruin this country and taken us 20 years backward.

    We the people of Maldives need to understand just selling our vote for 500 rf is not the solution and need to start think independently .

    When we start to see and realized that we all have a brain to think, then the day will come and things will change and our votes will not be sold for few bucks .

    That's when our systems will start to function properly and we will have to wait for that day .


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