The Elections Commission has issued dissolvency notices to political parties with less than 3,000 members,
As per the Political Party Act, all parties must have a minimum membership of 3,000 members. If the number of members falls below 3,000, the party must increase the number up to 3,000 within three months.
The Elections Commission’s Vice President Ismail Habeeb on Friday said that while the State of Public Health Emergency has now been lifted, the Commission will be issuing a three-month notice to four political parties whose member numbers are below 3,000.
The parties are Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DR), the Maldives Labor and Social Democratic Party, Maldives Reform Movement (MRM), and Maldives Third-Way Democrats (MTD). DRP has 2,280 members, while the labor party has 2,725 members. Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom’s MRM has 2,303 members, while former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Ghafoor’s MTD has 2,489 members.
Moreover, As per the Political Party Act, only the parties whose membership is larger than 10,000 will receive state funding.