MMA extends deadline for submissions for bank note designs

The Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA) has extended the deadline of design and layout submissions for redesigning Maldivian bank notes from November 30 to December 31.

The authority had previously received more than 60 submissions from 55 individuals but decided to restart the process after the designs were deemed unsuitable for bank notes.

An MMA official said today (November 20) that the authority announced the November 30th deadline with new guidelines but decided to extend it after consulting with various artists.

The official also explained the selection process in which six of the best proposals will be presented to the relevant officials who would then select a further three who would subsequently playing a vital role in a committee designing the notes.

The team is to design seven bank notes in total with the six going into current circulation and a further special commemorative design made celebrate the 50th anniversary of Maldivian independence.


Nine parties submit audit reports within Elections Commission deadline

Nine political parties have submitted their annual audit reports to the Elections Commission (EC) by a deadline that expired yesterday (May 14), local media has reported.

Under EC rules, all political parties wishing to receive state funds are required to submit their annual audits reports by a specific deadline.

EC Secretary General Asim Abdul Sattar was today quoted by Sun Online as confirming that a total of nine parties had met the deadline to submit the reports. He declined to identify the nine parties at present.


President Waheed extends CNI deadline, provides personal account of transfer of power

President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan has  extended the deadline by which the Commission of National Inquiry (CNI) must conclude its report into February’s transfer of power to August 30, 2012.

The deadline to submit the report of the CNI – which was established, and later reconstituted to investigate events during and leading up to the controversial transfer of power on February 7 – had been initially been set for July 31.

However, the President’s Office confirmed yesterday that Dr Waheed had issued a decree approving the extension of the report’s deadline.  Once complete, the findings are to be submitted to President Waheed, Parliamentary Speaker Abdulla Shahid and the prosecutor general and attorney general.

Earlier this month, CNI Co-Chair – retired Singaporean Judge G P Selvam – said a deadline extension was required in order to conclude the report due to the hundreds of people wishing to provide information.

The extension was granted the same day that President Waheed gave further information to the CNI regarding his own views on what transpired during the transfer of power, according to local media. The president had previously given information to the CNI before it began conducting its investigation under a new composition.


Government-Commonwealth talks continue over CNI conduct concerns

Talks are continuing between the Government and the Commonwealth over the conduct of the Commission of National Inquiry (CNI), just a few days before a deadline to make changes to the body expires.

Speaking to journalists yesterday before departing on a visit to India, President Mohamed Waheed Hassan had said that the international community was mainly concerned about how the CNI was presently being conducted. Dr Waheed said that this issue was now being discussed with Commonwealth representatives presently in the Maldives, according to the Sun Online news service.

The CNI, which was formed by President Waheed to ascertain the events behind February’s controversial transfer of power, has been criticised by the Commonwealth over concerns about its impartiality.

On April 16, the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (GMAG) set a deadline of four weeks for the government to revise the CNI’s composition and mandate or face “stronger measures” from the 54 member state intergovernmental organisation.

The president also told local media yesterday that he was not expecting to come under pressure from India to hold early elections in the Maldives this year during his visit.  He claimed that the Indian government was one of the first to “recognise” the current administration.