The Elections Commission (EC) has extended the application deadline for candidates who wish to contest in January’s local council elections.
Applications will now be accepted until 3:00 pm on December 10.
The deadline was extended to allow candidates to obtain criminal and debt records from the Maldives Police Services and Superior Courts.
The High Court, Criminal Court and Department of Judicial Administration have opened out of hours in order to serve the large number of requests for criminal and debt records.
The EC has said it expects over 4000 candidates to contest the 1118 seats in local council elections.
Political parties held primaries during the last week to determine candidates who will contest elections on their tickets.