Police have announced that they are taking steps to increase election security by ramping up measures against acts of intimidation and threats by “criminal groups”. They would seek to ensure the security of the election and the safety of the public, the police said.

“The police have taken the necessary measures to ensure the safety and security of the public by strengthening election security measures,” the police said in a statement. Such investigations will be pursued rigorously, the agency said.

“There have been reports of threats and intimidation of some by members of such groups [gangs] and attacks on some people involved in election-related activities today,” the police said. 

The police investigation on gangs comes at a time when the Member of Parliament for the Maradhoo constituency, Ibrahim Shareef, and the MP for the Feydhoo constituency, Mohamed Nihad, are reported to have been the subjects of such targeted attacks.