High Court orders stay of Thulhaadhoo by-election

The High Court yesterday ordered a stay of the by-election announced by the Elections Commission (EC) for August 20 to replace dismissed Councillor Umaira Abubakur.

The appeal court ordered EC to postpone the by-election until the court ruled on the legality of her dismissal, which was contested by the opposition Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) on behalf of its councillor.

Umaira was dismissed for failing to attend ten consecutive council meetings while she was attending a training workshop for newly-elected councillors.