Maldives’ electoral watchdog Wednesday admitted to have received ‘many’ complaints of deceased people being included in the voters list for the upcoming local council elections.
The window to report errors on the list closed on Tuesday and the Elections Commission said it had received around 300 complaints.
Commission member Ahmed Akram said most of the complaints were of deceased people and erroneous addresses.
Akram the exact number of reported errors are yet to be determined as complaints over the list from the islands were filed at the respective island councils.
“We expect to receive the errors from the islands today [Wednesday]. So its safe to say the complaints would be much more than the 300 we received,” he said.
The commission would clean the list and publicize it next week, Akram added.
Due to the recent amendment to the local council Act, the number of councilors to be elected will be down to 655 from the present 1,077.
The number of island councilors is currently 945, but the amendment has brought the number to 585. Next year’s polls would also elect 70 Atoll councilors instead of the present 132
According to the amendment, three island councilors would need to be elected from islands with 3,000 or less populations while five would be elected from islands with 3,000 or more people. Only two Atoll councilors will represent two electoral constituencies while one will be elected if the electoral constituency is more than two.