President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has today ratified the first amendment to the Special Act to Ensure Enforcement of the Decentralization Act of Maldives, Law no.5/2020. The amendment was passed by Parliament at the 33rd sitting of their second session this year, on 6 September 2020. 

The amendment adds three new provisions following section 7 of the Act. These provide guidelines describing the manner in which the President and Vice-President of the Local Government Authority (LGA) should be elected. Under the amendment, the President of the LGA will be answerable to the Parliament, on LGA-related matters.

Following ratification, the amendments to the Act has been published in the Government Gazette.