Stop abuse of taxpayer money to aid government parties in elections!

Transparency International Maldives deserves praise for its clear and fair reminder that political parties do not own state resources if elected. ANFREL, a wonderful resource, amplifies the point needed to be made across Asia. Opposition parties need to better monitor the use of state resources in electoral processes. The bureaucracy of voting is an obvious target of governments’ seeking advantages. The relatively new bureaucratization of electoral offices may have created new opportunities for behind the scenes manipulation. Independent election monitors should investigate instances where official agencies dare not look.