PNC plans to file EC complaint against MDP for alleged anti-campaigning

11 Apr 2024 | 18:09
PNC spokesperson Heena Waleed (Photo/PPM)

The ruling People’s National Congress (PNC) has announced its intention to file a formal complaint against the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) with the Elections Commission (EC), alleging the opposition party's involvement in negative campaigning.

During a press conference held on Thursday, Heena Waleed, spokesperson for PNC’s parliamentary campaign, accused the MDP of spreading misinformation and engaging in negative campaigning through social media platforms such as Facebook and X.

We have observed the MDP paying money to disseminate misinformation against PNC

Heena claimed, emphasizing that such actions violate the Elections Act.

Expressing PNC's stance on the matter,

We will be submitting these cases of anti-campaigning to the Elections Commission

Heena stated

Furthermore, Heena highlighted concerns regarding freedom of expression and assembly during the MDP administration's tenure over the past five years.

She alleged instances where protestors were reportedly arrested and pepper-sprayed without prior warning by the authorities.

In previous cases, we did not receive adequate justice

 Heena asserted

 indicating a dissatisfaction with the handling of such incidents under the previous administration.

Moreover, Heena emphasized that under the current PNC administration, political dissidents will not be intimidated or arrested, asserting a commitment to upholding democratic principles.

The announcement comes amidst escalating tensions between the ruling PNC and opposition MDP ahead of the upcoming elections.