PPM hopes to sign up 3,000 members by midnight

The incipient Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) began a recruitment drive at Dharubaaruge convention centre this morning to collect 3,000 signatures needed to officially register the party.

The Elections Commission (EC) approved the request to form the party last week after verifying an initial 50 application forms and authorised the fledgling party to begin recruiting members.

Briefing press at the convention centre today, Dunya Maumoon, eldest child of party figurehead and former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, said that the party’s target for the first day of official recruitment was to sign up 3,000 members by 12:00am.

“The registration will go ahead until 12 tonight. Everyone is invited to come and sign for the party,” she said. “Our hope is that the party will become a good and strong party.”

MP Ahmed Mahlouf – one of seven MPs who quit the main opposition Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) to form the Progressive Party after months of factional strife – said that the registration process was delayed due to the tragic drowning incident of four school children and the principal of Hiriya School on Friday.

PPM registration“In the days that followed, the government did not provide us any building or facility,” he claimed. “We were able to get [Dharubaaruge] after a lot of work. And we have this place only for the day.”

The registration forms will be submitted to the EC at the beginning of next week, he said, adding that his “personal target” was to sign up 40,000 members to the party.

The MP for Galolhu South claimed that senior members of the ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) had joined the party.

The recruitment drive is going ahead at present only in Male’, Vili-Male’ and Hulhumale’, Mahlouf said.

Dunya added that the party would establish a mechanism to collect registration forms from the atolls in the coming days.

The DRP has meanwhile informed the party’s former ‘Zaeem’ or ‘Honorary Leader’  Gayoom that his name has been omitted from the registry upon request. Gayoom announced last week that he had left the party he had formed in July, 2005.

Corruption allegations

Reports meanwhile surfaced in local media today that allegations of corruption had been lodged at the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) against MPs Mahlouf, Ahmed Ilham and Ahmed Nihan Hussein Manik.

Haveeru reported that Mahlouf was accused of owning the “Jeans Shop” in Male’, issuing cheques to take large sums from politicians, and falsifying his annual financial statement.

Ilham was meanwhile accused of involvement in illegal businesses in Sri Lanka owned by MP Abdulla Yameen, who has announced his intention to contest in the party’s presidential primary.

Nihan was accused of purchasing a Demio brand car and 8181 vanity plate or domain.

Mahlouf and Ilham however dismissed the allegations as completely unfounded and anPPM effort to bring the MPs to disrepute and undermine the PPM’s recruitment drive.

The three MPs played a prominent part in the breakaway Z-faction in its struggle against the DRP leadership.

“I want to say that I will definitely try to get some money from the person who is trying to defame me,” said Mahlouf. “If I was greedy for money, I would be at MDP now. I have said in the media before that we have been repeatedly offered large sums to join the MDP.”

The allegations were “a joke”, said Mahlouf, as accusing Nihan of owning a car and Ilham of traveling to Sri Lanka did not amount to corruption.

Mahlouf claimed that according to information he received the complaint was filed at the ACC by former DRP MPs Ali Waheed, Alhan Fahmy and Abdulla Abdul Raheem. All three had defected to the ruling party.

“We’re talking about people who have been sold,” he said. “In addition, there is a hand of [DRP Leader Ahmed] Thasmeen [Ali] in this.”

The “Jeans Shop” was a family business owned jointly by his mother, father and two siblings, Mahlouf said, and that “it is not owned by me.”

Ilham meanwhile said that his family lived in Sri Lanka and he visited regularly for holidays and medical treatment.

“I don’t do business and have never done any business in the past,” he said, claiming that the person who filed the case at the ACC had apologised to him and admitted to “doing it for money.”


16 thoughts on “PPM hopes to sign up 3,000 members by midnight”

  1. The Maldivian parliamentarians behave and act like nincompoops.
    Wonder when these guys can be matured!

  2. I do not trust the Secretary General of Elections Commissions Ahmed Shareef Adam (former PA secretary general) Someone ought to watch him closely. He apparently withheld the letter that MP Ibrahim Riza sent to the commission stating that he has left PA. Shareef will do anything that Yaameen asks of him; even registering 300 members as 3000.

  3. Please don't blame the honourable majlis members. Blame DRP cronies who elected them.

  4. Give them an old shack in an uninhabited island, then send in a wing of B-52 bombers and turn the whole place into a glowing, smoldering crater.

    Overkill? Overkill!.

  5. So funny when someone accuse these three MP's.. they have been working sincerely for all these time... Ali Waheed will be the one behind this as the case was filed by Adubarey... Mr. Ballak, we know you sold your self for money.. You are so cheap.. chichi..

  6. These three MPs are Gayoom's puppets. They have no idea what they are following. If PPM is elected we are going to spend 40% of our budget for medical expenses of Gayoom Nasreena Ilyas, Abbas, Fareesha and Kulhi Hameed. For Gaod sake please come to senses, we just cannot afford this bunch of crooks again.

  7. This party is being formed by a group of people who have not been able to accept the will of the majority, democracy.

  8. i think we ought to give maumoon another chance. for sure we are now in a worse state than we were during his presidency.

  9. Why is Gay Yoom always talking of Islam?
    He sounds as if he is the mi9ghty redeemer of Islam and Maldivians.
    The reality is that majority of us repulse and hates him!


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