After Elections Commission (EC) banned Jumhoree Party from using its flag and logo, the party’s spokesperson has asked the commission to establish a policy on how the party can continue its work.
Spokesperson Ali Solih said last week’s ban has brought JP to a standstill, and that EC has still not attempted to solve the issue.
Solih said that, while they do not believe that EC has the power to ban JP from using its flag and logo, the party has obeyed the order since the party has always worked within the legal boundaries.
Considering the current political climate, using the flag and logo could further harm JP and its leader, he added.
“We do not want our party’s flag and logo to be used as a weapon against party leader Qasim Ibrahim, to be repeatedly dragged to the police station.”
He said that the party has been facing a huge loss and has come to a standstill since the ban.
The party is having trouble processing applications of new members, doing financial transactions through banks, and paying employee salaries, he noted.
Solih also said that President Abdulla Yameen’s administration came to power by using JP’s flag and logo in their podiums, and that JP will respond to the ban in 2018.
The presidential election is set to take place in 2018.