Speaker concerned over prolonged absence of Kendhikulhudhoo MP Easa in parliament

Speaker Nasheed and MP for Kendhikulhudhoo Ahmed Easa. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

The Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed has expressed concern over the absence of Kendhikulhudhoo MP Ahmed Easa in parliament sittings without a reason. 

Speaker Nasheed was announcing the attendance of today's sitting when he said that only 33 parliamentarians were in attendance with six on leave and three in quarantine. Speaker Nasheed then expressed concern over the absence of some parliamentarians without a reason as well, before specifically noting the name of Kendhikulhudhoo MP Ahmed Easa. 

"There are some honorable parliamentarians who have not attended the parliament for a prolonged period of time, without undergoing quarantine or informing of taking leave. I am today concerned over the absence of Kendhikulhudhoo MP Ahmed Easa who is absent and has not informed of taking leave," said Nasheed. 

Under parliament regulations, lawmakers are to attend sittings regularly unless the express permission of the Speaker is obtained or if the lawmakers are on leave. 

If lawmakers fail to attend 50 percent of all sessions in a month, 50 percent of the wages of that lawmaker will be deducted. Speaker Nasheed had previously noted that some lawmakers had been on leave for almost a year without attending sittings. Taking such leave would not see any deductions from their wages.