The Anti-Defection Act, passed by People’s Majlis last Tuesday, has been ratified by President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom this Wednesday afternoon.
It has now been published in the Government Gazette.
The Act says it will affect disqualifications informed to People's Majlis by Elections Commission from July 13, 2017. This means 12 lawmakers will lose their seats.
The 12 lawmakers are:
The Anti-Defection Act states three grounds for disqualification – the three grounds stated in the Supreme Court order in 2017.
Grounds for disqualification:
However, independent lawmakers who join a political party after election, a lawmaker who violates a three-line whip or a lawmaker who is penalized by his/her political party cannot be disqualified.