In a financial dispute, Island Aviation Services (IAS) has issued a warning to the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), stating its intention to pursue legal action if an outstanding payment of MVR 5.6 million for flights during last year’s presidential election campaign is not settled. Information obtained by Mihaaru News reveals that the accumulated costs for tickets and charter flights booked by MDP through Island Aviation from September to October 2023 reached the mentioned amount.
A senior official from Island Aviation confirmed that efforts were underway to collect the outstanding dues from the political party. Despite multiple notifications sent in the past urging payment, the party has yet to settle the outstanding amount. The agreement between Island Aviation and MDP specified that payments were to be made within 48 hours from the date of service.
The latest and final deadline set by Island Aviation for MDP to fulfill its financial obligation is February 18. The party received a notification on Thursday, warning of impending legal actions if the outstanding sum is not settled by the specified date. This development echoes similar financial disputes experienced by political parties in the past, underscoring the potential repercussions of unpaid bills from election campaign-related services. The evolving situation adds a layer of tension to the financial dealings between political entities and aviation services during crucial election periods.