The opposition parties said they do not accept the statement released by Elections Commission regarding the primary elections of the parties.
Speaking at an opposition rally held at M. Kunooz, Maduvvari MP Mohamed Ameeth said the statement released by EC is unconstitutional.
Noting that the release of the statement coincided Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)’s primary election preparation, Ameeth said EC does not possess the power to determine the prerequisites of the candidates that would compete in the parties’ primaries.
In the case of a dispute regarding the candidacy of any candidate, a decision will be taken by a court of law according to the constitution, Ameeth said.
Ameeth said EC has no legal right to decide such matters pertaining to elections or primaries and that their unconstitutional actions only result in people distrusting them.
Ameeth said EC does not have to dictate how parties are run, as each party has their own policy, established by party members, set in place.
He also said the opposition appeals EC to allow the parties to work independently in order to maintain the multi-party system in the country.
The statement released by EC on Sunday stated that anyone convicted of a criminal offence could not legally contest in a political party's presidential primary election, warning that such elections would be annulled.
The commission received a lot of criticism as they released the statement soon after former President Mohamed Nasheed officially applied to contest in the presidential primary.