The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) — the disciplinary panel of Commonwealth which met here on Wednesday placed the Maldives on its formal agenda, implying its suspension from the panel.

In such a situation, the membership is suspended for as long as a nation remains on the formal agenda, according to in information available on the official website of the Commonwealth Secretariat.

In a statement here on Wednesday, CMAG observed that Ministers had expressed deep disappointment that the Maldives presidential election process had not concluded prior to the expiration of the President’s term in office on November 11.

The Group noted that the breach of the November 11 constitutional deadline to inaugurate a President followed repeated delays to the electoral process. Ministers emphasised the urgency of ensuring a swift conclusion to the electoral process and holding the second round on November 16 as scheduled, in a credible and peaceful manner.

The statement said that the Chair of CMAG will brief Commonwealth Heads of Government on November 15 in Colombo.