Motion tabled in Parliament on political party membership issues


A motion has been tabled in Parliament due to concerns about policies for admitting and expelling people from political parties. The motion was proposed by Velidhoo MP Mohamed Abdulla Shaeeq during Tuesday’s session.

The motion stated that members were admitted to political parties, transferred to other parties and expelled from parties without any involvement of the people. The motion further stated that some parties were not respecting Article 30 of the Constitution, which stipulates that every citizen has the right to participate in political activities.

The actions of such individuals can deprive those who wish to work for a particular political ideology of that right and of their choice. Political parties receive unfair financial benefits and losses on behalf of these people, he said.

The motion further stated that the Electoral Commission’s procedure for dealing with member-related complaints caused additional problems. The motion indicates that such practices cause people to lose confidence in the political party system and cause additional inconvenience to the general public.

A large number of individuals have joined political parties without their knowledge in recent weeks. Although the public and political parties have expressed concern about this, the Electoral Commission also agrees that this is a major problem that needs to be addressed.


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