Local council elections have been postponed for the third time.
Elections Commission (EC) made the announcement during a press briefing on Friday night.
EC said the elections, previously scheduled for April 15, was delayed due to the ongoing Influenza A (H1N1) outbreak, after discussions with the national advisory committee.
The elections have now been rescheduled for May 6.
EC said due to this change, voters’ registry will also see some changes.
When the election delay issue was discussed with the national advisory committee, two political parties opposed it.
The elections were initially scheduled to take place on January 14. However, following a court order in relation to an internal dispute within ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) elections were postponed for April 8, before being rescheduled for April 15.
EC has been under fire for delaying the local council elections. Opposition parties say the Commission has destroyed the electoral system and that they do not belive that free and fair elections can be held.
However, EC claims delays will not affect elections’ credibility.