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A Presidential Debate to be held tonight organized by Legal Reform Ministry
11-08-2008

Ministry of Legal Reform, Information and Arts has informed that a debate among the presidential candidates of the first ever multiparty election is to be held tonight.

Briefing the media , yesterday, at newsroom Fansavees ,Coordinator of the ‘Think Nation’ campaign as well as Director General of the National Classification Bureau Mohamed Hilmy said the objective of the debate organized under the ‘Think Nation ‘campaign is to increase the public awareness on the forthcoming presidential election.

According to Hilmy invitations were sent out to the presidential candidates to participate in the debate on the 4 of this month. He revealed that, so far, Umar Naseer presidential candidate of Islamic Democratic Party (IDP), Ibrahim Ismail (Ibra) presidential candidate of Social Liberal Party (SLP), Dr. Hassan Saeed independent candidate has accepted the invitation to join the debate.

Event organizer Cathy Toledo informed that each candidate participating in the debate will be given 3 questions to answer and that each will be given a period of 3 minutes to answer .

Hilmy further informed that Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has indicated that they will join the debate provided Dhivehi Rahyithunge Party (DRP) joins the debate.

The debate to be aired live by Television Maldives (TVM) and Radio Maldives is to commence tonight at 2115 hours.

Legal Reform Ministry have been conducting various programs and events to create awareness and to encourage people to turn out for the voting process.

"This is the beginning of a series of events", Hilmy told the media.

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