EC decides on vote recount for Bar Council election

Poll workers count ballots in the Bar Council Election on July 13, 2019. (Photo/Sun/Ahmed Awshan Ilyas)

Elections Commission has announced the decision to carry out a vote recount in the Bar Council election held last Saturday.

The commission says it made the decision following a complaint over one of the contenders failing to secure a position in the Bar Council’s Executive Committee by the margin of just one vote.

The last to secure a seat at the ExCo; Anara Naeem received 343 votes - just one vote more than Abdul Maaniu Hussain who received 342 votes.

The six members elected to ExCo:

  • Mohamed Faisal: 637 votes
  • Ahmed Muizzu: 627 votes
  • Aishath Shujoon Mohamed: 445 votes
  • Anas Abdul Sattar: 361 votes
  • Mohamed Aseel Hassan: 356 votes
  • Anara Naeem: 343 votes

The position of President of Bar Council was won by Maumoon Hameed with 543 votes. His rival, Husnu Al Suood received 401 votes.

The position of Vice President of Bar Council was secured by former Attorney General Abdulla Muizzu by a landslide. Muizzu received 792 votes, while his rival for the position, former Civil Court judge Mohamed Haleem received 139 votes.

1,488 lawyers registered to vote, but only 955 votes in the election.