Committee backs Ahid for Information Commissioner

Addu Meedhoo MP Rozaina Adam chairs over a meeting of the Parliament's Independent Institutions Committee on August 24, 2021. (Photo/People's Majlis)

Parliament’s Independent Institutions Committee has voted in favor of backing Uz. Ahmed Ahid Rasheed for appointment as Information Commissioner. 

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih nominated four candidates for the vacancy; former Deputy Economic Minister Uz. Shiham Mohamed Waheed, Azleema Ahmed, Mariyam Aleem, and Ahid. 

The names of the candidates were sent to the committee for vetting on August 16. 

The candidates were interviewed and called to vote at the committee meeting this Tuesday. 

Ahid’s name passed with the unanimous consensus of 10 members, while none of the other candidates secured enough votes. 


  • Shiham Mohamed Waheed: Six out of 10 votes 
  • Ahmed Ahid Rasheed: Unanimous consensus of 10 members 
  • Azleema Ahmed: Seven out of 10 votes 
  • Mariyam Aleem: Five out of eight votes 

Ahmed Ahid Rasheed, Shiham Mohamed Waheed and Mariyam Aleem had also applied for the position in response to the previous vacancy announcement. The President had sent the names of three candidates to the Parliament at the time, none of whom secured enough votes. 

The position of Information Commissioner has been vacant since March, after Hussain Fiyaz Moosa resigned less than two years into his term.