The Maldives Journalist Association (MJA) has announced that elections for its steering committee have been scheduled for 9:00pm on Sunday, September 21.
In an announcement yesterday, MJA urged members to be present at the seminar hall of the youth centre ahead of time as entrance would be closed 15 minutes before the meeting starts.
Interested candidates have been told to submit applications before September 11. Candidates would also be able to put forward their names during the meeting.
Three previous attempts to hold the elections had failed due to disagreements among journalists. Heated confrontations took place at the last meeting of the MJA on August 24.
Former MJA President Ahmed ‘Hiriga’ Zahir announced his resignation the day after the disrupted meeting, citing the atmosphere as “not conducive” for holding elections.
Senior leaders of political parties are participating in rallies and activities organised by the self-titled “National Movement” in their personal capacity and have not been representing their parties, the movement’s steering committee has said.
At a press conference yesterday (December 25) following the decision of the government-aligned Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) to leave the movement, State Minister for Home Affairs Abdulla Mohamed stressed that there has been no document signed or transaction conducted for the campaign on behalf of political parties.
When the campaign dubbed “Maldivians’ Airport to Maldivians” was launched to “reclaim the airport” from the GMR-led consortium, said Abdulla, political parties were not involved in “any official capacity.”
He added that the movement was funded by individual well-wishers and not political parties.
Abdulla insisted that the movement would not be weakened by the PPM’s decision to withdraw support.
The steering committee of the national movement has decided to organise a vote nationwide on January 25 to “find out what the public thinks of the People’s Majlis.”
At yesterday’s sitting of parliament, PPM MPs strongly criticised the “national movement,” which had recently announced that its next campaign following the termination of the concession agreement with Indian infrastructure company GMR would be focused on “reforming” parliament.