The Foreign Ministry’s statement follows unanimous confidence from international election observers in the credibility of the first round of polling.
A translation of the Jamiyathuh Salaf sermon from Tuesday (September 17). The sermon was broadcast live on radio and on four television channels, including state broadcaster, TVM. The TVM broadcast was interrupted for violating broadcasting guidelines.
The presidential candidates of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and the Jumhooree Party (JP) told the press following the meeting that the pair discussed matters of national interest and maintaining stability and public order.
The judiciary is the biggest blunder of the Maldivian democracy. Nowhere near enough effort was made to free it from authoritarian clutches during the two and a half years of democratic governance, writes Dr Azra Naseem.
Filip Eugun Petre fled the Maldives on September 7 while state prosecutors urgently sought to withhold his travel documents over concerns a “serious miscarriage of justice” could occur if he left the country before an appeal decision was made.
Modernisation facilitated the positive social transformations that eventually produced democracy in the Maldives while international pressure for democratic reforms also played a significant role in democratisation, writes Ahmed Hamdhan.
“I am extremely confident that no one, no one can come out and show an original ballot paper. It is impossible for anyone to come up with an original ballot paper to prove that it went out of our hands,” Chair of Elections Commission Fuwad Thowfeek told the Supreme Court.
“They would not allow us to take notes or touch the list. We will find a solution through the legal process and seek an order through High Court again,” JP’s Legal Advisor Mohamed Haleem told Minivan News today.
A leaked police intelligence alleging opportunity for fraud and illegal voting in presidential polls is “baseless speculation,” MDP has said. AG Azima Shukoor has used the report’s findings in an ongoing Supreme Court case in the Jumhooree Party’s bid to annul the vote.