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China calls for Maldives to “maintain national stability and social development” thumbnail

China calls for Maldives to “maintain national stability and social development”

China has called for “national stability and social development” to be maintained in the Maldives, in a rare official statement on the country from its Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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Elections Commission restarts polling preparations

After the reluctance of politicians to sign the register resulted in the delay of the previous poll, the Elections Commission Vice Chair Ahmed Fayaz noted that candidates will be given a specific time period to sign the voter registry, after which the commission will continue with the election.


Court did not share Elections Commission security information, says police thumbnail

Court did not share Elections Commission security information, says police

Police said the Supreme Court did not share any data or technical information from the Elections Commission that could have been used to access the commission’s web server with the police forensic team assisting the apex court in examining evidence during the election annulment case.


JP and PPM coalitions unite in condemnation of the Elections Commission thumbnail

JP and PPM coalitions unite in condemnation of the Elections Commission

“We, the two coalitions, remain steadfast. God willing, there will be no election in the Maldives at this time unless it is an election that follows the SC guidelines,” said Sheikh Imran Abdulla.


Raajje TV seeking “international assistance” to investigate arson attack thumbnail

Raajje TV seeking “international assistance” to investigate arson attack

“I don’t think we can expect police to solve this, I highly believe they may be involved in this,” Raajje TV Chairman Akram Kamaaluddin has said of an arson attack on the private broadcaster’s main premises.


Presidential polls set for November 9 thumbnail

Presidential polls set for November 9

“We have decided to hold the first round of presidential elections on November 9, and if necessary, a second round on November 16,” Elections Commission President Fuwad Thowfeek has said.


“I do not want to stay in this position even a day beyond November 11”: President Waheed thumbnail

“I do not want to stay in this position even a day beyond November 11”: President Waheed

“It is not in the best interest of this country if there is no elected president when the current presidential term ends on November 10. I do not want to stay in this position even a day beyond November 11,” President Dr Mohamed Waheed told the press today.


The Maldives sits in for democracy thumbnail

The Maldives sits in for democracy

Non-violent direct action protests have swept the nation following the further delaying of the presidential election on Saturday October 19. Pro-democracy demonstrations have been reported throughout the atolls, with the largest crowds gathering along Male’s Majeedhee Magu to sit, smoke, play games and listen to music whilst campaigning for their right to vote.


Gasim calls for state of emergency to pursue criminal prosecution of Elections Commission thumbnail

Gasim calls for state of emergency to pursue criminal prosecution of Elections Commission

The Jumhooree Party presidential candidate called for criminal prosecution of Elections Commission members for allegedly violating the constitution by disrespecting article 113, which states that the Supreme Court shall have sole and final jurisdiction to determine all disputes concerning the election of a presidential candidate.


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