Supreme Court has scheduled hearings of the constitutional cases filed by three MPs, who according to the Elections Commission (EC) have lost their seats.
All hearings are set to take place on Sunday – Villingili MP Saud Hussain’s case hearing at 11 a.m., Dhidhdhoo MP Abdul Latheef’s at 1:30 p.m. and Maduvvari MP Mohamed Ameeth’s at 2:30 p.m.
In addition to the three MPs, Thulusdhoo MP Mohamed Waheed Ibrahim has also filed a case contesting EC’s decision. Sources say the court has scheduled a hearing of the case too for Sunday.
The four MPs are among six MPs who were informed that they have lost their seats.
During previous hearings, Waheed, Ameeth and Saud have told the court that they were expelled from ruling Progressive Party of Maldives before the court ruled that MPs who leave or switch parties through which they were elected will lose their seats. And Latheef told the court that, prior to the ruling, he had informed PPM in writing that he left the party.
Many are expressing concern about the Supreme Court’s delay in reaching verdicts in these cases.
After announcing that six parliamentary seats have become vacant, EC has announced by-elections of four constituencies.
On Saturday, parliament stopped giving salaries and allowances of the six MPs.