Elections Commission (EC) has nullified the candidacy of an applicant running for the Bar Council.
The applicant - Ali Naseer Gasim - was contesting for a seat in the Council's Executive Committee. EC initially accepted his candidacy, but later rejected it after further review showed that he did not meet the criteria.
Despite the omission of one candidate from the run, no changes will be brought to the remaining 22 contenders' candidate numbers. It is noteworthy that two candidates each are running for the position of the council's President and Vice-President position, while 18 are vying for its membership position.
The two candidates contesting for its Presidency are former Attorney General Husnu Suood and Lawyer Maumoon Hameed, while former Attorney General Abdulla Muizzu and former Civil Court Judge Mohamed Haleem are contesting for its Vice-Presidency.
The Council comprises of a President, a Vice-President, an Attorney General and nine members. With the exception of the Attorney General, all other members are appointed through the ballot.
A total of 1,600 certified lawyers in the Maldives are eligible to vote in this election, which has an allocated budget of MVR 1.2 million. Polls are expected to take place in Male' and Addu City, with two ballot boxes placed in Male' and one box in Addu.
EC says that all preparations are completed ahead of the Bar Councils election, which is slated to take place on Saturday.