MPs concerned over delay in scheduling no confidence vote against MBC members

Parliamentarians have expressed concerns over the delay in scheduling the no confidence vote against the president and the vice president of Maldives Broadcasting Commission (MBC).

Some parliamentarians commenting on the matter said the reasons behind the delay are unclear despite the parliamentary committee approving to remove the president and the vice president of MBC. The parliamentarians mentioned the debate in the committee was concluded and the report has been forwarded to the speaker of the parliament, adding the issue needs to be addressed immediately. Moreover, the parliamentarians who spoke with PSM News noted other issues which were filed later than the aforementioned issue was put on the agenda.

The Parliamentary Committee on Independent Institutions decided to impede two members heading MBC after summoning them for questioning. At a time when parliament is investigating MBC, two of their members Ismail Sofwan and Hassan Nabaah have submitted their resignation. Sofwan was appointed to the commission during the presidency of former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. However, he had not continued his duties when the presidency changed last November. He was the vice president of the commission but was later removed from the position.

MBC is comprised of 7 members but is currently 2 members short with the resignation of Nabaah and Sofwan.