New RTI Law in Maldives Goes Into Effect

18 July 2014

The Maldives government is taking steps to implement the new right to information law that went into effect July 12, according to an article in The Sun.

The president’s spokesperson Ibrahim Muaz said information officers have been appointed at all government officers and that the president has nominated an Information Commissioner for parliament’s approval.?

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom on June 23 proposed a former member of parliament, Abdul Azeez Jamaal Aboobakuru, as information commissioner .

The act also requires the government to set up an Information Commissioner’s Office prior to its implementation, The Sun reported, adding, “However, Muaz said that approval from the Information Commissioner is needed to appoint a commission secretariat.”

Parliament has not approved the president’s nomination.??

The law, the 99th in the world, was signed in January 2014 (See previous report.)

Transparency Maldives on July 10 posted an article about the new law.

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