The main ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has condemned the assaults on party members and damage to property after the presidential election.
In a press release, MDP highlighted that two parliamentarians representing the party were assaulted during the election and stated that individuals are damaging party offices and property in the atolls. The party accused members of the People's National Congress (PNC) and Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) of damaging its property during their celebrations.
Additionally, MDP urged the Maldives Police Service (MPS) to find the perpetrators and prevent such incidents. It also stated that political parties should act peacefully and abide by democratic principles during and after the election.
MPS increased security in Male' during the second round of the presidential election due to reports of gang activity. Police officers responded to a spike in reports of gang-related offences such as intimidation and assaults on individuals related to various aspects of the presidential election. The reports include assaults on two parliamentarians representing MDP. The police service stated that the incidents are under investigation as serious cases.