Thirty-Six MDP candidates secure tickets without primary

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In this year’s parliamentary elections, thirty-six candidates from the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) have secured tickets without a primary, as no other candidates decided to contest the constituencies they applied for.

The list of candidates includes:

  • Ahmed Saleem – Hoarafushi Constituency
  • Mohamed Arif – Ihavandhoo Constituency
  • Hussain Ziyad – Vaikaradhoo Constituency
  • Mohamed Rai – Makunudhoo Constituency
  • Ali Riza – Milandhoo Constituency
  • Mohamed Shahid – Funadhoo Constituency
  • Ahmed Fathih – Holhudhoo Constituency
  • Ismail Ahmed – Dhuvaafaru Constituency
  • Mohamed Shafeeq – Thulhaadhoo Constituency
  • Jeehan Mahmood – Hinnavaru Constituency
  • Mohamed Lutfi – Maafushi Constituency
  • Ibrahim Ameer – Thulusdhoo Constituency
  • Ali Ameez – Maamigili Constituency
  • Ikram Hassan – Dhiggaru Constituency
  • Iyas Ismail Latheef – Meedhoo Constituency
  • Hassan Shinan – Guraidhoo Constituency
  • Hussain Abu Bakuru – Fonadhoo Constituency
  • Yaugoob Abdullah – Dhaandhoo Constituency
  • Ahmed Saeed – Gemanafushi Constituency
  • Sayyah Khaleel – Kolamaafushi Constituency
  • Ahmed Gais – Thinadhoo North Constituency
  • Ahmed Zaeem – Faresmaathoda Constituency
  • Ahmed Saeed Mohamed – Gadhdhoo Constituency
  • Hussain Mohamed Didi – Fuvahmulak Mid Constituency
  • Mohamed Aslam – Hithadhoo North Constituency
  • Ibrahim Nazil – Hithadhoo South Constituency
  • Ibrahim Ali Jaleel – Mid Henveiru Constituency
  • Hussain Shameem – Henveiru South Constituency
  • Mohamed Ibrahim – Galolhu North Constituency
  • Mikaeel Ahmed Naseem – Galolhu South Constituency
  • Lirugaam Waheed – Mahchangolhi North Constituency
  • Abdullah Sinaan – Mahchangolhi South Constituency
  • Mohamed Falaah – Maafannu West Constituency
  • Ahmed Amir – Maafannu Mid Constituency
  • Hassan Iyad Saleem – Maafannu South Constituency
  • Akram Kamaludeen – Mahchangolhi Mid Constituency

Meanwhile, MDP Chairperson Fayyaz Ismail disclosed that some MPs who had left the party to join the ruling People’s National Congress (PNC) had requested tickets without undergoing a primary. Fayyaz, who was also the former Economic Minister, stated on Sangu TV, “Some of them demanded us to give them tickets without holding a primary; we cannot do that.” The deadline for those aspiring to contest on the MDP ticket concluded on Saturday, but the party has yet to announce a date for the primary.