In a shocking move, President Nasheed of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has publicly asked members of his party to accept cash handouts from President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih's campaign team. Speaking at a campaign event held in Addu City, Nasheed requested members to accept the bribe money in exchange for votes. He went on to say, "If they offer 10,000 then demand for 20,000 then use 10,000 and save the remaining for later."
President Nasheed's comments reveal that he is aware of President Solih's campaign team distributing money in an attempt to influence the voters. The two presidents are currently contesting in the MDP's primary election to choose the party's candidate in the upcoming presidential election.
It appears that President Solih is attempting to influence the election in various ways, including offering jobs to party members. The MDP's primary election is set to be held on January 28th, 2023, and it remains to be seen how these developments will impact the outcome of the vote.
Nasheed's statement is likely to have severe consequences as it violates the integrity of the democratic process. This is a clear violation of election laws and the Election commission should investigate and take necessary action. It undermines the faith of voters in the democratic process and the integrity of the election.
It is essential that political parties and candidates conduct their campaigns in a manner that upholds the integrity of the democratic process. Offering bribes or attempting to influence voters through illegal means is unacceptable and undermines the fundamental principles of democracy.