Elections Commission (EC) proposed to the Parliament’s Independent Institutions Committee on Tuesday to hold the 2024 parliamentary elections ahead of Ramadan.
The term of the current parliamentary assembly expires on May 28.
Ismail Habeeb, the vice chairman of EC, told the committee that the law dictates that the commission must initiate the process of holding the elections 120 days before the current parliamentary term expires.
He said that this means next year’s elections must be held on March 19 – which falls within the holy month of Ramadan.
He said that holding the elections during Ramadan would pose major challenges to hiring and training poll workers, and for candidates to hold their campaigns.
Habeeb also noted that schools were set to hold mock exams for the O-levels during that period – which would leave the commission unable to use school halls and classrooms for the elections.
The EC asked the Parliament to revise the law to allow the elections to be held ahead of Ramadan. The commission suggested there are two ways the law could be revised.
The committee has decided it will seek the input of political parties before making such changes.