Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed has said that he was working earnestly and would not be resigning from the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) due to the stipulations of the constitution.
According to the constitution, the JSC is composed of a Supreme Court justice, High Court justice, an elected judge representing the lower courts, the Speaker of the Parliament, a parliamentarian, a public representative appointed by the parliament, President of the Civil Service Commission, the Attorney General, an appointee of the President and a representative elected by registered lawyers.
Allegations that Nasheed misuses the capacity of his position on the JSC and the lack of justice as long as Nasheed sits on the Commission have been made by the opposition political parties who have called for his resignation.
With these calls, Nasheed held discussions with the Counsellor-General of the Parliament before saying that he cannot resign from the Commission.
“I beg your pardon. Due to the stipulations of the Constitution, I cannot resign from the JSC.” Said Nasheed bluntly in today’s parliament sitting.
He added that he would work earnestly, justly, and honestly as long he was on the commission and assured that he would never put forward cruelty.
Maduvvari MP Adam Shareef then reminded that changing the composition of the JSC was a pledge made by the current administration which would take “35 seconds” for the parliament to do so with the super-majority the governing MDP has.
Nasheed previously described his resignation from the JSC would be the biggest loss to the Maldivian public. Mahibadhoo MP Ahmed Thariq has proposed a bill to the parliament to change the composition of the commission.