Ballot boxes for presidential election in countries with at least 150 Maldivians

Elections Commission member Fuad Thaufeeq. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Election Commission (EC) has stated that ballot boxes in the upcoming presidential elections will only be placed abroad in countries with at least 150 registered voters.

Speaking regarding the latest preparations for the presidential elections – EC’s President Fuad Thaufeeq told Sun on Monday that efforts were underway to facilitate voting in the election for Maldivians living abroad, by placing ballot boxes.

He detailed that discussions have been held with Foreign Ministry regarding the regulations and policies of countries where ballot boxes will possibly be placed – following which efforts were underway to confirm the countries.

So far, the countries confirmed based on the Maldivian population of them are; Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, Singapore and UK. Fuad also noted the possibility of ballot boxed being placed at Pakistan, Bangladesh and Thailand.

Whilst Parliament has approved a state budget of MVR 42.8 billion for next year – MVR 90 million from the budget has been allocated for the presidential election. However, EC had initially requested a budget of MVR 120 million for the presidential election.

The election is expected to take place during next year’s September. However, a date has yet to be confirmed by EC.