Connect with us

News

Maldives calls for robust ocean governance beyond national boundaries

FI

Published

on

Maldives has advocated for a robust ocean governance mechanism extending beyond national jurisdictions, as stated by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sheryna Abdul Samad during the 7th Indian Ocean Conference in Perth, Australia.

Addressing the conference, State Minister highlighted the critical role of the ocean for island states, particularly underscoring its significance as a lifeline and integral to the identity of nations like the Maldives. Speaking on the panel titled “Our Blue Future – How can the Indian Ocean Region work with Island States to Safeguard the Health of our Shared Ocean Resources?”, she stressed the ocean’s paramount importance for the survival of nations.

Underlining the urgent need for action to address threats and maintain the delicate balance of the ocean, State Minister Sheryna emphasised the shared responsibility of nations in protecting this vital resource. She advocated for a robust ocean governance mechanism that goes beyond national jurisdictions.

Acknowledging the Maldives’ commitment to ocean conservation through initiatives such as Marine Protected Areas and sustainable fisheries management, State Minister Sheryna also pointed out the capacity and resource constraints faced by island states. She urged larger nations to provide greater support to overcome these challenges.

In conclusion, State Minister Sheryna reaffirmed the Maldives’ dedication to safeguarding the ocean and called for collective action to ensure a sustainable future where oceans thrive.

The Indian Ocean Conference, initiated in 2016, stands as a flagship consultative forum for Indian Ocean region countries, addressing mutual concerns. Organised annually, the conference is led by the India Foundation in collaboration with regional partners.

Source(s): PsmNews

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

News

President casts ballot in parliamentary election

FI

Published

on

By

President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has cast his vote in the parliamentary elections.

President Muizzu cast his vote at a polling station based in Thaajuddeen School. Following his vote, he urged the public to exercise their right by voting promptly.

The Election Commission of the Maldives (ECM) revealed that the voting will take place between 0800hrs to 1730hrs, highlighting that voting commenced promptly at nearly all polling stations on time.

In the current parliamentary elections, the ruling party People’s National Congress (PNC) led by President Muizzu has nominated candidates to contest in 90 constituencies.

Source(s): PsmNews

Continue Reading

News

ECM urges to vote independently and promptly

FI

Published

on

By

President of the Election Commission of the Maldives (ECM) Fuwad Thowfeeq has urged the populace to promptly cast their ballot.

In a message to media commemorating voting day, Fuwad Thowfeeq urged the voting population to cast votes independently and promptly. Voting for the 20th parliamentary election began at 0800hrs on April 21.

Additionally, ballot boxes are placed in all residential islands, 34 resorts, correctional facilities, industrial islands and as well as 3 countries abroad. ECM confirmed a total of 602 ballot boxes are placed.

Moreover, Fuwad reiterated that the electoral body is fully equipped for the preparation of the polling stations, highlighting that all administrative work necessary has been initiated. The ECM has initiated a reduction in the number of voters per polling station. Therefore, 500 individuals can now voter per box.

Furthermore, efforts are currently being made by the Maldives Police Service (MPS) to guarantee a smooth and seamless elections. Subsequently, MPS raised its alert level by launching a special operation named “Operation Blue Tide”. Simultaneously, it resolved to use ‘body worn cameras’ to ensure the utmost security throughout the election process.

Commander of Maldives Police Service Abdulla Shareef underscored that police personnel have been stationed at various polling stations, ensuring its safety. It further urged the public to cooperate with the temporary amendments made to the traffic guidelines. Meanwhile, transportation of heavy vehicles will be prohibited following the parliamentary elections.

Additionally, individuals with special needs, pregnant women, the elderly, and those working in uniformed services will be awarded priority access at polling stations, exempting them from queues. Concurrently, it stressed the importance of carrying official documents when voting.

The counting of votes begins 30 minutes after the polling place closes.

Source(s): PsmNews

Continue Reading

News

Voting begins for the parliamentary election 2024

FI

Published

on

By

Voting has begun for the 2024 parliamentary election.

Polling stations opened in Male’ and the atolls at 0800hrs and will close at 1730hrs, as per the decision of the Election Commission of the Maldives (ECM). Voters began queuing up at the polling stations at around 0730hrs and the security envelopes were opened in the presence of the first two voters at the polling stations.

A total of 602 ballot boxes have been set up in the Maldives and three other countries for the parliamentary election. Polling stations are also open in 34 resorts, prisons and other industrial islands. The countries in which ballot boxes are placed for voting are Trivandrum in India (0830hrs to 1800hrs), Colombo in Sri Lanka (0830hrs to 1800hrs) and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia (1100hrs to 2030hrs).

ECM has made several arrangements to ensure maximum convenience to all during the election process. As such, each ballot box is open for 500 individuals. Additionally, ECM affirmed that the allocated time for voting will not be extended under any circumstances, hence urging residents to cast their votes promptly.

With a total of 93 various constituencies, the eligible voting population for the election is 284،663, including 145،302 male and 139،361 female voters. While the current 19th parliament consists of members representing 87 districts, decisions have been made such that the forthcoming 20th parliament will encompass an additional six districts. The additional six constituencies are as follows: two chairs for Male’ City, one chair for Addu City, one chair for Maalhosmadulu Dhekunuburi (Baa Atoll), one chair for Male’ Atoll and one chair for Huvadhu Atholhu Uthuruburi (Gaafu Alif Atoll).

The current parliamentary term will conclude on May 30, 2025.

Source(s): PsmNews

Continue Reading

Trending