Supreme Court on Monday reinstated four parliament members who were disqualified by the Elections Commission (EC) for floor crossing.
The four MPs that were reinstated on Monday are Thulusdhoo MP Mohamed Waheed Ibrahim, Villingili MP Saud Hussain, Dhihdhoo MP Abdul Latheef Mohamed, and Maduvvari MP Mohamed Ameeth.
All four MPs were disqualified by EC after Supreme Court passed the anti-defection law on July 13, 2017, which states that MPs who leave or switch parties, through which they were elected, would lose their seats.
The parliament followed suit and prevented the MPs from entering the parliament building. However the ‘disqualified’ MPs and opposition parties have been stating that the members have not lost their seats.
Out of the four MPs, MP Latheef was the only independently elected MP who later joined the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) for a short period of time before resigning, while the other three MPs entered parliament on PPM’s ticket. The four MPs have maintained that they were not members of PPM when the law was passed, hence, the ruling does not apply to them.
While Supreme Court has reinstated these four MPs, the cases of the other eight MPs have also been submitted to court. However, the top court has not yet begun their cases.
EC had nullified their decision to disqualify the MPs last week. However Supreme Court ordered not to act on EC’s reversal.