Committee approves Dr. Mohamed Zahir for Elections Commission

Dr. Mohamed Zahir.

Parliament’s Independent Institutions Committee has voted in favor of appointing Dr. Mohamed Zahir for the vacant seat at Elections Commission.

Independent Institutions Committee began vetting Dr. Mohamed Zahir for the vacancy on Monday, and provided their backing with a majority vote on Wednesday.

The vacancy at Elections Commission was left in the wake of the resignation of former vice chairman and spokesperson Ahmed Akram, who resigned in face of a no-confidence vote on November 19.

17 candidates applied for the vacancy at Elections Commission, but President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih nominated only Dr. Mohamed Zahir.

Dr. Mohamed Zahir, who has prior experience working at the Elections Commission, has a PhD in Development Administration. He also works as a lecturer at Maldives National University (MNU).