The Maldives Civil Court has issued an interim order to postpone the implementation of the Election Commission's decision to dissolve the Maldives Reform Movement (MRM). The civil court's order grants a 30-day stay on the execution of the decision, providing the MRM with temporary relief from the dissolution.
The Election Commission made the decision to dissolve the MRM after the party failed to meet the required number of members as mandated by the law. The party had previously received a notice for failing to reach the 3,000-member mark. Although the nominations were filed after the party claimed to have met the required membership count, the latest data released by the Election Commission revealed discrepancies in the reported number of MRM members.
Following the initial notice, a second notice was sent to the MRM on February 22, setting a deadline for the party to verify its membership count. The deadline expired on May 22, leading to the Election Commission's decision to dissolve the MRM. However, the interim order issued by the civil court has now halted the dissolution process, providing the party with a temporary reprieve.
The Maldives Reform Movement holds significance as it is part of the current ruling coalition and was founded by former President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom. The party's president, Faris Maumoon, is the eldest son of President Maumoon. This legal battle over the dissolution of the MRM raises questions about the party's future within the ruling coalition and the potential impact on the political landscape of the Maldives.
The interim order granted by the civil court allows the MRM an opportunity to challenge the Election Commission's decision and present evidence regarding its membership count. The court will now review the case during the 30-day stay period, after which a final decision on the party's dissolution will be made.