It is very interesting that some honorable Members of Parliament say, that several people have serious doubts on the outcome of the 8/18 Referendum. And that it would have to be cleared.
In the first place, this Special Majlis does not have a mandate to call for a referendum. They were formed under the present Constitution of the Maldives which require them to amend it. If these MPs cannot do that as given in the Constitution, they should resign.
If the Constitution grants the power for the Special Majlist to consult with the people, People’s opinion should have been sought for several fundamental issues, including but not limited to:
- Allowing a woman to become President.
- Retaining that all Maldivians should be Muslim, when the People don’t necessarily want to.
The way out of all this mess and to cut short the bickering in Parliament and the delay tactics, is to have an open vote where the person has to declare and show how he voted, live on camera. We would only need to have a camera onto each ballot writing table and a large screen outside the restricted zone. But there should be unrestricted visibility: otherwise there is the possibility of fraud. Maumoon’s hypnotic powers are miraculous!
Long Live: Maldives Alight!