The candidacy papers seeking a second term as the President of the main ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) have been officially submitted by the Speaker of the Parliament and former president of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed, Saturday morning.
MDP opened the opportunity for interested individuals to forward their candidacies and relevant documents to vie for the vacated seats of president and vice president, on 14 October.
By the time the deadline to submit forms expired on Saturday, Nasheed was the only candidate to have submitted applications to vie for party presidency and a majority of MDP members expressed support for the former President running for a second term.
Nasheed also submitted a document with the signatures of over 400 MDP members who supported Nasheed in his re-election bid.
The support of at least 400 party members are required to run in the internal election of the party. The election is slated to be held on November 22, during which a Deputy President will be elected for the party in addition to the President.
Minister at the President’s Office and former deputy leader of MDP Mohamed Shifaz, and Hithadhoo Uthuru MP Mohamed Aslam are competing for the Deputy President post.
By 30 September, the party’s registry reached 53,590 members, MDP is renowned for its massive number of supporters.