Masha Midhath   25 February 2024 - 08:47 PM
Ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections, 65 individuals have undergone specialized training to equip them with the skills necessary to train election officials.

Ismail Habeeb, the Vice President of the Election Commission, disclosed that the training program, conducted from the 4th to the 17th of this month, concluded with the certification of 65 participants.

These trained individuals will now spearhead training initiatives across various regions, excluding Faadhippolhu, Male' Atoll, Felidhe Atoll, and Male' City, as detailed by Habeeb. Commencing today, the training sessions aim to prepare officials for their roles in the electoral process.

As a crucial component of the officials' training regimen, all personnel involved in the parliamentary elections are required to sign a pledge committing to uphold their duties with honesty and dedication, Habeeb emphasized.

"Upon signing this pledge, officials are barred from engaging in any campaign or political activities. The Election Commission strongly urges all officials to discharge their duties with impartiality and integrity," added Habeeb.

The Election Commission has slated the parliamentary elections for the 17th of the upcoming month, coinciding with the onset of Ramadan. However, in light of a parliamentary amendment, if the election coincides with Ramadan, it will be postponed by 10 days following the conclusion of Ramadan.

Notably, the bill necessitating this amendment is pending ratification, casting uncertainty on the scheduling of the election post-Ramadan.