President Mohamed Nasheed has highlighted the importance of internal party elections and expressed hope that political parties in the country will be able to consolidate internal democracy in his radio address.
‘’One of the main aims of party system was to identify qualified people for public offices and build future leaders,’’ said Nasheed. “Such candidates must have a consistent political philosophy, purpose and perspective.”
Nasheed said that election procedures may differ from one party to another adding that It is something that have to be decided by the party members.
Nasheed also congratulated Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) leadership for their recent party elections.
Meanwhile, Dhivehi Qaumee Party (DQP), led by Dr Hassan Saeed, has issued a press statement responding to the remarks of President Nasheed.
‘’MDP has so far conducted no work to promote and uphold democracy and has never tried deliver the benefits and advantages of it to the citizens,’’ the statement said. “Former MDP memebers who attempted to strengthen internal democracy in the party have now left due to the dictatorial characteristics of Nasheed.’’
The statement also claimed that ever since Nasheed became the Chairperson of MDP, the party was a ‘’one man show.’’