The Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) has appointed Mohamed Tholal, its Secretary General, as the official election agent for former President Abdulla Yameen, the party’s presidential candidate. However, Yameen’s bid for the presidency faces significant legal obstacles, as he is currently serving an 11-year sentence for money laundering and bribery.
The PPM-PNC coalition, despite naming Yameen as its candidate for the September election, remains confident that his name will appear on the ballot paper. His eligibility to contest the election hinges on a higher court overturning the lower court’s verdict.
In an attempt to proceed with Yameen’s candidacy, the PPM-PNC coalition has sought the assistance of the Maldives Correctional Service to facilitate the signing of the required candidacy forms by the incarcerated former president. The Correctional Service has agreed to support the request.
This development has raised concerns among legal experts and political observers about the fairness and transparency of the electoral process, as having a candidate with ongoing legal issues seeking the highest office presents unique challenges.
As the Elections Commission awaits the submission of Yameen’s candidacy form, the nation and international observers closely monitor the unfolding events, with potential implications for the Maldives’ democratic principles and political landscape.