Maldives: EC Crisis Ends, Polls As Scheduled (N Sathiya Moorthy, Eurasia review - IDN)

16.03.2014 07:18

The crisis that sought to engulf the 22 March parliamentary polls in Maldives has ended as quickly as it appeared, with Parliament unanimously filling an existing vacancy in the Election Commission (EC), ensuring the constitutionally-mandated quorum of three, after the Supreme Court had disqualified two members, including EC President Fuwad Thowfeek and his deputy Ahamed Fayaz. Of the three individuals nominated by President Abdulla Yameen to fill three vacancies, including the two ordered vacant by the Supreme Court, Parliament cleared Ismail Habeeb to replace Ibrahim Waheed ‘Ogaru’, who had resigned last October, citing health reasons.