Councillors suspended en masse over MDP primary

The suspended councillors include president of the Ukulhas council with the MDP congress due to place on the island on June 30. The Local Government Authority has suspended 26 councillors for participating in the Maldivian Democratic Party’s presidential primary. The 21 island councillors and five atoll councillors have been suspended without pay for three months, the pro-government Sun Online reported Thursday. The LGA, a supervisory body chaired by the home minister, informed them there was evidence to prove they helped conduct the primary despite a civil court order to stop the polls. Voting took place nationwide despite police snatching ballot boxes after the Elections Commission declared the referendum unlawful over former president Mohamed Nasheed’s ineligibility to run for office with a 13-year prison sentence........................

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